Economic Underpinnings of Emigration
We all know that emigration from Armenia is a major ongoing problem. In order to address this challenge, you have to look at its causes.
In the below clip, economist and ARF Parliamentarian, Ara Nranyan, discusses the disastrous neoliberal economic prescriptions of successive governments in Yerevan that have pushed down wages and working conditions, forcing Armenians to look for better opportunities abroad.
Racing to the bottom will only leave you in last place.
Until the privation and financial hardship caused by unbridled capitalism is not checked, we can expect more people leaving the homeland. Until the current conditions are not reformed and the root causes of inequality are not erased, no patriotic speech or sermon will stop the flight of our people toward more opportune shores. Striving for decent living and working conditions is a natural trait of all humans.
The key is not to scold those who have left but to create those conditions which will have them return.
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