This project examined the integration process of forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) in Yerevan as a result of the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh, which took place in 2020. The research focused on two important aspects of the “right to the city” – namely the right of access to the city and its services, and the right to participate in the “city-making”.
This topic is important as the displacement led to far-reaching human rights violations, concerning mainly the right to education, freedom of movement, right to rest and right to property.
Furthermore, displacement in this area is still a huge issue today and increases the vulnerability of women, children and persons with disabilities – groups which are already disadvantaged.
Hence, this research project brings attention to the problem as well as highlights the main challenges and milestones of the integration process. The findings suggest that although the FDPs were Armenians and there were thus no language barriers or cultural differences, the FDPs still had a sense of alienation and felt discriminated at times.
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