UNHCR's Shelter programme in Armenia

In Armenia there are some 300, 000 refugees who had fled during the Kharabakh conflict in 1988 -1992 mainly from Azerbaijan and some from other CIS countries. Since in the current context, especially the stalemate over Nagorno Karabakh, the prospects for repatriation of ethnic Armenian to Azerbaijan are unlikely, the Government of Armenia has adopted a policy for their local integration. Since 1993, UNHCR has assisted and promoted integration of refugees into the Armenian society as a durable solution. UNHCR through assistance programmes in the social, naturalisation and shelter sectors as well as through the development and implementation of legal instruments continues to promote their local integration.