Waiting for Empty Armenia

Naira Hayrumyan, Lragir.am, 10 October 2012

“Our economy is growing, while theirs is actually paralyzed. Our population is increasing, while they are facing a demographic catastrophe, there is zero natural growth and mass emigration. According to their official statistics only, in the first half of the year about 70-80 thousand people left the country,” said Ilham Aliyev comparing Azerbaijan with Armenia. He also added that Azerbaijan will certainly get Karabakh back but refrained from militaristic statements. He called on his people to wait until Armenia is totally empty and Azerbaijan will take not only Karabakh but entire Armenia.

Naira Hayrumyan, Lragir.am, 10 October 2012

“Our economy is growing, while theirs is actually paralyzed. Our population is increasing, while they are facing a demographic catastrophe, there is zero natural growth and mass emigration. According to their official statistics only, in the first half of the year about 70-80 thousand people left the country,” said Ilham Aliyev comparing Azerbaijan with Armenia. He also added that Azerbaijan will certainly get Karabakh back but refrained from militaristic statements. He called on his people to wait until Armenia is totally empty and Azerbaijan will take not only Karabakh but entire Armenia.

Demography is an important geopolitical factor. Western progressive technologies, industrial, military, as well as social and political, cannot win where their rival is the demography. Despite the fact that it is common to speak more about the clash of the Western progress and the eastern traditionalism, in reality the barrier is the demography.

Demography will increasinly lead the Armenian people to complete loss of not only sovereignty but also the nation state. Russia’s ambassador Vyacheslav Kovalenko does not hide that his country takes away from Armenia over 5 thousand people annually, plus those of approximately the same number who winn the Green Card and leave for the United States. He says that Armenians are not forced to leave for Russia, which is true, but it is also true that Russia and the U.S., as well as Turkey and Azerbaijan, do everything to reduce Armenian population.

Serzh Sargsyan calls on the world to undertake steps against Azerbaijan, which, as he says, is preparing for a war. In reality, Azerbaijan is getting ready to absorb the Armenian territories after the demographic situation in Armenia will have reached its pick.

The government which not only does not try to stop emigration but also stimulates it should be accused of high treason. It deprives us of the key weapon in the world – the demographic weapon. Even if we, by some miracle, acquire progressive technological weapons, we will be unable to survive without demography because we need to cope with the financial and technological expansion of the West, the weakening of our sovereignty by the North and the threat of demographic expansion of the South and the East.

The parliament and the government of Armenia should call an extraordinary session on the demographic issue. In addition, they should view in the same context the natural and mechanical reduction. It is necessary to adopt complex measures to stop emigration and boost birth rate.

This thesis should be the basis of the programs of presidential nominees because the demographic issue can’t be ignored any more. Armenia with a population of one million will have to forget about the nation state. Little time is left for this scenario to come true.

 

1 comment
  1. Armenia Without Armenians
    I agree that action must be taken ASAP to stop the bleeding of Armenia. However, drastic measures such as banning emigration would turn Armenia into a freedom-restricting regime. The answer is to create a country which provides opportunities to its citizens to flourish or at least live without severe want. Armenians leaving Armenian are mostly doing so reluctantly: they are leaving their homeland, separating from family, relatives and friends and jumping into unknown and strange countries thousands of miles away because they don't see a future for themselves in their homeland. The government of Armenia must be the leader in improving the economic situation of the country. That is the core issue. The average monthly wage there is is less than $200. How can a family live with that kind of meager income.
    There should be a "hamaygagan" conference in Armenia to address this dire situation and find practical solutions. The most sophisticated Russian-provided arsenal will not save Armenia and Artsakh if the population of these two states dwindles while that of our antagonists' increases.
    Every week scores of national and international conferences are held in Yerevan. It's high time a major conference was held to find a solution to this core threat. Remember: if we lose Armenia, there will be no revival of our homeland. It will be gone forever. With Armenia disappearing, the Diaspora would melt away in a few generations.

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