A lot of Armenian Syrians who arrived in Armenia complain of the accommodation they found here. Many of them were hosted by their relatives and friends, who have big families, so there is not enough room in their places. Many were offered apartments by the authorities, which cause a lot of trouble on top of the stress the Armenian Syrians underwent in Syria.
At the same time, one can see a lot of buildings, the so-called elite buildings in Yerevan, which, in fact, are almost empty. Northern Avenue is almost empty, just like many other elite buildings across Yerevan.
This image is a sad symbol of the housing issues the Armenian Syrians encounter here, as well as for thousands of poor Armenians who face the same issue.
There are tens of thousands of people in Armenia who have a housing issue with thousands of empty apartments at the center of the city.
This contrast is the best indicator of imperfection in the country.
I don’t mean that these apartments should be given to vulnerable people or Armenian Syrians. The issue is that there are so many empty apartments and so many people who need them but they cannot afford to live in those apartments.
This is the issue. The main omission of the state, economic policy and distribution of resources has been set out here. But the word omission is too weak for this case since mistakes equal to crime have been made.
Actually, we have built an Armenia which has nothing in common with real Armenia and its real problems. Moreover, in systemic terms, we have an Armenia which does not satisfy the needs of real Armenia with the resources, possibilities and mechanisms it has but appropriates the resources of real Armenia to meet its own needs.