WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) released the following statement in support of World Refugee Day:

“Today, on World Refugee Day, the Armenian Assembly of America recognizes the plight of refugees around the world. They need a safe haven; they need support; and they need hope.

To date, Armenia has welcomed some 20,000 refugees from Syria who have escaped with their families. As conditions worsen in Syria, Armenia continues to serve as a sanctuary for persecuted Christians and other at-risk groups escaping genocide and violence in the Middle East.

For a small country like Armenia, this large number of new refugees poses a challenge. Armenia depends on international aid to ensure the settlement and integration of new refugees. Armenia’s good intentions were tested this April when Azerbaijan started a full-scale war in Nagorno Karabakh, resulting in another wave of displaced women, children, and elderly from the border villages of Talish and Mataghis in the Martakert region.

As more challenges arise, the Armenian Assembly is renewing its call for the United States Government to allocate $15 million to Armenia for refugee resettlement. The Assembly urges its members to contact their Representative and let them know that Syrian refugees deserve a sanctuary that is welcoming and safe.

The Armenian Assembly of America remains dedicated to its fullest capacity to helping Armenian-Syrian refugees. To make a difference, visit the Assembly’s website, take action now, and share this message.”

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