A construction site of a new residential complex in Stepanakert. Nagorno-Karabakh, June 2021. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the "Caucasian Knot"

28 June 2021, 11:38

Nagorno-Karabakh authorities announce terms for resettling refugees

In Stepanakert, they began building a new micro-district intended for the families who became refugees as a result of the aggravation of the Karabakh conflict. Authorities assure that housing problems of the families of all forced migrants, who stay in Nagorno-Karabakh will be resolved within three years.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that after the last autumn war in Karabakh, up to 40,000 people became forced migrants; of them, 25,000 are in Armenia. They said that in Stepanakert, it's difficult for them to rent a flat or a hotel room.

The Karabakh government has stated that refugees from Shushi and Gadrut will receive housing in Stepanakert as city residents, while the rest of the families will be resettled in rural communities or in new settlements built specifically for them.

Vaan Savadyan from the Gadrut District has noted that "if the housing issue is resolved, then Gadrut residents will return to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)." He said that only half of the residents of the Gadrut District returned to Karabakh after the war.

Gayane Ambartsumyan, a public figure from the city of Shushi, has noted that most of the families of forced migrants, who are now in Armenia, have to live in rented apartments. According to her story, many want to return, but into their own housing.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 27, 2021 at 02:00 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alvard Grigoryan Source: CK correspondent

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