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Armenian Service Awarded For Reporting on Migration

Screengrab from RFE/RL Armenian Service documentary film Migration Tales.

Two reports by RFE/RL’s Armenian Service were recognized December 20, 2016 by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) at its “Suitcase 2016” annual journalism competition.

Armenian Service journalist Ruzan Gishyan’s radio report “I Both Want To Stay And Leave,” about Armenians facing the difficult choice of whether or not to migrate, usually to Russia for economic reasons, won third place in the radio category.

RFE/RL Armenian Service Director Harry Tamrazian was presented with a special prize on the sidelines of the competition presented by UNICEF and several other NGOs in recognition of his documentary film “Migration Tales,” which follows Armenian migrants along their journey in search of a better life.

The Suitcase journalism contest awards outstanding migration and border management related reporting, including on asylum, labor migration, and return of citizens to Armenia produced for TV, radio, print, and online platforms. It is held within the framework of the EU-funded project “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia.”