Refugee reception and integration
Armenian Red Cross Society works closely with UNHCR to help achieve the following three priority areas:
to improve reception conditions for asylum-seekers;
to increase community empowerment, self-reliance and local integration;
to meet the needs of persons with special needs
Reception of asylum-seekers
- monthly monitoring of the border crossing points in Syunik, Shirak and Tavush provinces through its regional branch offices.
- carries out regular monitoring visits to the Zvartnots international airport, including its holding facility, and through its regional office, the Gyumri airport.
Information, orientation and counseling
- group and individual information/orientation sessions for newly-arrived asylum-seekers living in the reception centre and private homes,
- monthly information sessions for asylum-seekers accommodated at the reception centre. It maintains and updates the information board at the reception centre,
- Armenian language courses for refugees and asylum-seekers on first-come first-serve basis,
- and provides employment counseling and advice to asylum-seekers living in the reception centre and private homes.
- carries out weekly visits to the reception centre for asylum-seekers,
- provides one-to-one counseling with each resident of the reception centre.
- organizes regular reach out activities for asylum-seekers residing in private accommodation throughout Yerevan.
Community empowerment, self reliance and local integration
- ARCS provides information, advice and counseling to newly-recognized refugees to help them integrate into Armenian society. Areas covered include housing, employment, health, education and social protection.
- ARCS organizes first aid training for the asylum-seekers in the reception centre and the residents of Darbnik and other communal centers.
- ARCS organizes HIV/AIDS and TB awareness-raising sessions for refugee communities throughout Armenia.
- ARCS assists refugees in job search and placement through established government programs such as the Vocational and Education Training (VET) implemented by SESA and/or private recruitment services.
- ARCS identify and support at least 54 refugee women with income-generating activities (i.e. purchasing sewing machine, agricultural tools, etc).
- ARCS helps develop income-generating opportunities for up to for 34 vulnerable elderly and disabled refugees by providing them with tools and equipment.
Persons with special needs
- disability related aids (mobility aids, prosthesis, hearing devices, etc.) for the neediest refugees with disabilities,
- newly recognized refugees with one-time assistance in the form of non-food/household items (cooking utensils, bedclothes, etc),
- refugee women and girls with sanitary napkins.
- one-time winterization assistance for new asylum-seekers and refugees according to eligibility criteria and distribution modalities agreed with UNHCR.
- one-time emergency cash assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing a particularly serious hardship.
- transportation allowance to the most needy refugees and asylum-seekers based on eligibility criteria agreed with UNHCR.
ARCS established a children’s corner at the Reception Centre,
Protection of Children
- diapers and food to children under age of 2,
- baby carriages to newborn children
- clothes and shoes to children under 18
- school accessories to school age children.