Welcome to Migration Competence Center

Migration Competence Center (MCC) at the Faculty of Sociology,

Yerevan State University

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly established as well as reestablished countries which lost their independence by joining Soviet Union, found themselves in the relatively free and liberal space with new problems and opportunities. For the citizens of the former superpower, migration became one of the solution or challenges in search for alternative job, for international education, marriage, etc. Accordingly, international experience in the wider fields of Policy making and regulation of migratory flows has been used to make appropriate political decisions and to found state and non-state bodies to tackle migratory issues. In the field of academia, establishment of migration resource centers and teaching migration studies and courses is made a priority.

Accordingly, Migration Competence Center (MCC) was established in 2011 at the Faculty of Sociology, Yerevan State University, under the EU Tempus IV joint project, and in cooperation with Tbilisi State University, University of Graz (Austria), University of Alicante (Spain), University of Oldenburg (Germany) and other partners (http://www.mcc.ysu.am).
Although a considerable amount of research aimed at revealing different aspects and problems of migration has been conducted since mid-90s by various organizations, the lack of academic work dedicated to the regulation of the current migratory situation, as well as a complete multifaceted picture of the migration in the country is quite evident.

Before Soviet rule entered Republic of Armenia, Sociology was one of the first and basic disciplines at that time newly established Yerevan State University in 1919. Later on, after the communist censorship failed in the late 1980th, Department of Sociology at Yerevan State University was reestablished again in 1986, and is one of the first sociology departments of the former Soviet Union. Nowadays, Department of Sociology is one of the leading Departments at YSU and in Armenia. On the international level Department of Sociology collaborates with various scientific and educational institutions – Berlin Humboldt University, Potsdam University, Ruhr University in Bochum, Swiss Peace, California State University, University of Connecticut, George Mason University, Uppsala University. Department is a member of International Sociological Association. Many foreign professors and academics usually participate in the monthly methodological seminars organized by the Department. The Faculty of the Department is the youngest by its age among University specialists, and the fact is counted among the advantages of the Department; ...
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