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Forum German-Armenian Journalist Exchange 2019

TRACING YEREVAN’S CONFLICTS THROUGH ITS ARCHITECTURE

by Jonas Bickelmann Yerevan's urban fabric might not be older than a century – but it tells a tale. It is a tale about the conflict between civil society and commercialization, and the ways of dealing with the city’s Soviet past. Take, for instance, Yerevan’s...

UNWANTED HOMELAND: Return of the Expatriates

by Sona Martirosyan Every day, the forecourt of the Armenian Embassy in Germany gets suffused with sounds of the Gyumri dialect from 10 in the morning. Here, the refugees who were complete strangers several days ago, have became acquaintances because of the common...

‘WE DO NOT WANT TO LOSE PEOPLE — WE WANT THEM TO RETURN’

by Oliver Bilger The new Armenian government wants the diaspora to return to their homeland. Reforms after the Velvet Revolution are supposed to increase attractiveness for repatriates. At first, Aramayis Madatyan was only able to see the revolution unfold via the...

Forum German-Armenian Journalist Exchange 2018

CHESS VALLEY

by Marie Illner Armenia is located in the Caucasus in a geopolitically tense region. Closed borders, few export products. This is why the country strives to occupy a niche with full force: the IT-Sector. The country does not only want to reconquer its role as the...

ARMENIANS IN GERMANY: SEEKING NEW LIFE AND OPPORTUNITIES

by Ani Grigoryan At the Gesundbrunnen station in Berlin, a young man in sportswear is walking in front of us. We are Armenian journalists talking in our native language at the station. The man suddenly turns around, looks at us and says “Hay eq?” (“Are you...

SYRIAN ARMENIANS: BACK IN THE “HOMELAND”, SAFE FROM WAR

by Florian Bayer Being part of a traumatized and displaced diaspora, Syrian Armenians refuse to be labelled as “refugees” back in the home of their ancestors, Armenia. Most are here to stay, since the grueling war in Syria goes on, but also since the more than ten...