Head of Asylum Issues Division, State Migration Service of Armenia
UAS Survey Leader for
Migration & Asylum Seekers Questions
Within the whole period of his work activity, Mr. Petros Aghababyan has been distinguished as a skillful officer with ability to respond rapidly to the rising issues. At the same time, he reveals strong organizational skills and successfully manages the activities of Asylum Issues Unit in Aremenia.
He substantially contributed to the formulation and further development of the procedure of granting asylum to foreign nationals and stateless persons in Armenia. Since 1999, Mr. Aghababyan has been involved in formation process of all components of this procedure, including the development of legislation and the training of the officers of relevant state bodies. Today, it is completely formulated and efficiently functioning system according to the evaluation of the international experts.
Currently, Mr. Aghababyan is engaged in implementing activities of the 2017-2021 National Action Plan of State Regulation of Migration, established by the Government decision in 2017. He actively participates in the amendments aimed to harmonize Armenian asylum system with EU standards.
The position of the Republic of Armenia on the issues of asylum and refugees is soundly represented by Mr. Aghababyan in number of international bodies, such as CoE European Committee of Migration, EU Eastern Partnership Project, UNHCR's Executive Committee.
Mr. Aghababyan has been the legal expert of the Legal Module of the CARIM-East Project implemented by the European University Institute (2011-2013) . CARIM-East is the first migration observatory focused on the Eastern Neighbourhood of the European Union. The project covers all countries of the Eastern Partnership initiative (Belarus, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) as well as the Russian Federation. The project gathers a network of experts and researchers from the region. He has been working on three main components of the legal module of the project:
Legal Database which includes a large number of legal instruments ranging from international, through regional to national framework. Based on the materials provided by Mr. Aghababyan, we have built the Armenian component of the database, which comprises of relevant Armenian laws and by-laws divided into 12 thematic subsections (visas, border checks, entry, labour migration, rights and obligations, asylum, etc.).
Explanatory Notes. He has written numerous explanatory notes on the legal aspects of migration governance in Armenia.
Research. Mr. Aghababyan has conducted two studies: the first one on labour migration governance in Armenia and the second on Armenia’s integration policies.
In addition, Mr. Aghababyan has participated in 4 thematic sessions organized by European University Institute on migration issues and every time, the presentations and active participation in subsequent discussions have conveyed his high professionalism and expertise in not only Armenian migration law and policy but also in general issues concerning the multilateral and regional framework of migration governance.