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Armenia IDP Figures Analysis

IDMC estimates that there were around 8,400 IDPs in Armenia as of December 2014.

 

A profiling exercise led by NRC in 2005 found that 65,000 families were displaced during the 1988-1994 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. The vast majority were displaced from areas near the border with Azerbaijan, mainly Syunik, Tavush, Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Ararat.

The majority had returned by 2005, when around 8,400 IDPs were still living in displacement. Of that number, 2,615 were from the Armenian enclave of Artsvashen, an outlying district of the Armenian province of Gegharkunik completely surrounded by Azerbaijani territory. Their prospects for return are low in the absence of a resolution to the conflict.  

The NRC profiling exercise is the single available source on IDP figures in Armenia. Neither the authorities, nor civil society or international organisations have undertaken a more recent data verification exercise.