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Syrians Seek Refuge in Armenia

In a bid to escape the violence in Syria, thousands of Syrian-Armenians are seeking refuge in Armenia, which has eased visa requirements for them. Many who planned for a brief stay until things calmed down in Syria have now been in Armenia for several months.
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A Syrian-Armenian family waits at the departure gate at Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)
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A Syrian-Armenian family waits at the departure gate at Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)

Syrian-Armenians at Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)
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Syrian-Armenians at Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)

A Syrian-Armenian national holds his Syrian and Armenian passports at the Zvartnots Airport, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)
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A Syrian-Armenian national holds his Syrian and Armenian passports at the Zvartnots Airport, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)

Students outside the Cilician School in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)
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Students outside the Cilician School in Yerevan, Armenia, December 2012. (VOA/D. Markosian)

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