Updated: Jul 8, 2021
(Armenpress) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to the Republic of Armenia Richard Mills considers Armenia’s commitment to adopting Syrian refugees to be important. According to The Economist, Armenia is 3rd among European countries to adopt the largest number of Syrian refugees, following Germany and Sweden.
On February 2, during the opening ceremony of the “Arevik” Center of children and adults with disabilities (mental and physical), Ambassador Mills expressed his gratitude that Armenia welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms. “It is a big honor for me to be here. As the UN refugee commissioners show, the number of displaced people was doubled. The doubling is due to the tragic events taking place in Syria. There were also lighter moments, one of which is Armenia’s adoption of Syrian refugees with open arms,” Ambassador Mills said.
According to the U.S. ambassador, the Syrians were warmly received in Armenia due to Armenian Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and her Ministry. Last year, the U.S. government allocated 6 billion worldwide in assistance to refugees in support of the Ministry of Diaspora, Ambassador Mills emphasized.
Refugees from Syria’s civil war flooded into Europe this year, moving mainly towards Germany, Sweden, and Armenia. According to The Economist, the top three European countries are followed by the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain, Greece, and France. The bulk of the refugees in neighboring countries are in Turkey – 1 million 558 thousand, Lebanon – 1 million 147 thousand, Jordan – 623 thousand, and Iraq – 234 thousand.
Edited by Danielle Saroyan