Successful Syrians in Armenia


Who is behind this?

Lilit Ghazaryan

Youth Empowerment and Development Institute


Who is joining forces?

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Our team has developed a project which will solve one of the most disturbing issues in today's Europe. We have an idea to integrate Syrian refuges to the Armenian society by training them to be competitive and professional specialists for Armenia. Armenia has hosted about 15000 refuges since the start of the Syrian conflict. Our aim is to integrate the refugees to the society and get rid of the "asylum seeker" status.

Where will your idea take place?

Yerevan, Armenia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Since the start of the Syrian conflict about 15000 Syrians have found refuge in Armenia. However, currently Armenia is in a difficult economic situation itself. With unemployment rate growing in Armenia, many native Armenians themselves tend to immigrate to Europe. With this difficult economical situation Syrian refuges don’t settle in Armenia either. There is a need to integrate the refuges into the Armenian society. And our team has stepped out with an idea to help the refugees to integrate.

What is your impact?

One of the most fast growing and promising economical sectors in Armenia is Information Technologies. Per Enterprise Incubator Foundation 2015 report the Armenian Universities don't supply enough specialists that would meet the demands of the market. The recent graduates have to take many IT courses outside of the University to become competitive specialists. Our team has developed a plan to train the Syrian refugees who have a background in IT sector make them competitive.

How do you get there?

Our team has developed rage of courses in the IT field that currently are the most demanded in the Armenian market. Our project will be specializing in frontend IT courses, mainly the following courses are planned to be carried out: Programming in Python, Programming in Java, HTML course, CSS course and AngularJS course. The courses will be carried out by the leading specialists in the Armenian IT field and with collaboration of Microsoft Innovation center.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We will be working with 18-40 years old Syrian refugees in Armenia. Our demand will be that they have a background in the IT field. By "background" we mean, that they were/are enrolled in Universities of Information technologies, have taken basic courses in IT, have experience in IT companies.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our project solves an actual problem in Armenia and in Europe in general. The more refugees settle in Armenia, the less will plan to immigrate to other European countries.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

The total amount of the payment of the trainer will be 8000$, The selection process of the refuges will cost 5000$, the administrative expenses will cost 8000$, media coverage for the project will be 3000$, teaching materials and handouts 5000$, transportation expenses 3000$ , rent of computer for 6 monfths 8000$.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on April 26, 2016

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