The latest research into today’s Armenian diaspora was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and carried out by the Armenian Institute in London. It was led by a group of international scholars and researchers who studied Armenian communities in different countries.
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According to the director of the Armenian Diaspora Survey, Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, University of Oxford, the newly published survey highlights the multifaceted and complex experiences in diasporic life. In particular, the study found that despite the geographical differences, the defining elements of “Armenia identity” are common among the diaspora communities.
“One generalization we could make based on our research is that Armenian identity is largely self-defined, fluid, and personalized,” explained Dr. Tchilingirian. “Armenians living in the same country or in the same state or city could have different perceptions and understanding of ‘Armenianness’, depending on multiple variables, such as family upbringing, community, personal preferences, and so on.”
The 2021 research was carried out in Belgium, Paris, the United Kingdom, and Rostov-on-Don, and the 2022 survey features the views and opinions of Armenians living in the United States and Ontario, Canada. The results from both surveys are publicly available and can be downloaded at no cost.
The annual survey, whose previous round was completed in 2019 in Argentina, Lebanon, Montreal, and Romania, is intended to fill a critical gap in the evidence-based understanding of the Armenian diaspora. The researchers hope the results will be useful for the public, scholars, policymakers, and community leaders to raise their awareness of the attitudes and views defining the Armenian world in the 21st century.
“We are pleased that this systematic survey that covers a vast geography of the Armenian Diaspora has been successfully completed and the results are published,” said Dr. Razmik Panossian, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Armenian Communities Department. “We look forward to building on this research and enhancing its impact on policy development.”
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