Today one of the major reasons to boost migration rates globally are economic reasons, when people leave in search of better opportunities to earn money and support their families. In this case, undocumented migration is a relatively cheap and fast option, which does not require much paperwork. Instead, it presupposes a number of imminent risks, which a migrant without proper documentation may not manage without insurance abroad.

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Whatever happens in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus affects the European Union. Successive EU enlargements have brought these countries closer to the EU and their security, stability, and prosperity increasingly impact the EU’s.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the first comprehensive initiative introduced into the system of the European Union’s relations with Eastern European countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The Eastern Partnership is designed to help the countries of Eastern Europe with their integration into the European Union.

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Since October 2010, International Center for Human Development (ICHD) has been involved in Support to Armenian Turkish Rapprochement (SATR). One goal of this project is the “development of new business partnerships and regional professional network.” The consortium of Armenian and Turkish partners implementing the program has fulfilled this aim by initiating meetings, conferences, studies and Business to Business (B to B) panels, linking professionals from various economic sectors. This study pays special attention to the tourism industry, which represents a prospective field for Armenian-Turkish cooperation.

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For many months already  the situation around Syria is among the headlines of all mass media around the  world. There is hardly a single news agency in the world that does not project  news about the violence in Syria. Indeed, the intensity of hostilities in Syria  has been growing steadily and lately reached such a point that even eclipsed  the international tensions around the Iranian nuclear program. In fact, the  tension around the Iranian nuclear program is steadily decreasing throughout  the last several months. Of course, it is not to say that it is forgotten or  ignored completely, but it definitely does not attract so much attention as it  did months ago. 

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Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

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Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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Analysis of Public Policy on Extending Early Childhood Care and Development Services to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection

The present public policy analysis was prepared by the International Center for Human Development in close collaboration with the Working Group set up to implement the Program to Prevent Sex-Selective Abortions. In fact, the analysis ranges among the most successful efforts in recent years in collaboration among relevant specialists, NGOs, governmental agencies, international development partners and other stakeholders overcoming the most dangerous challenges facing the public at large. The analysis report and the data, information, evidence, findings and recommendations therein will lay a solid and reliable foundation for mapping out and implementing a public policy on setting up an early childhood care and development system, introducing service models and outlining further actions to achieve enhanced women’s labor force participation and work-family reconciliation, a primary objective of combating gender-biased sex-selection.