Almost a third of the region's population has left Nagorno-Karabakh for Armenia: what is happening
After Azerbaijan launched an anti-terrorist operation in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh last week, nearly a third of the region's population fled to Armenia. As of September 27, more than 47,000 people have left for Armenia.
These IDPs do not want to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh after it came under the control of Azerbaijan. This was stated by the Armenian authorities, according to Radio Azatutyun .
According to Nazeli Baghdasaryan, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Prime Minister, 42,502 people entered Armenia from Karabakh at 8 a.m., and by 12 p.m. their number had risen to 47,115.
According to the 2015 census, about 145,000 people lived in the region, almost all of them ethnic Armenians. Thus, a third of the total population left Karabakh in those three days.
People arrive in the Armenian border town of Kornidzor, then they are sent to one of two registration centers and allocated to temporary housing.
However, according to the spokeswoman, only 10% of IDPs have taken advantage of this government support. Most people are looking for accommodation on their own.
As a reminder, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an address to the nation on September 24 that there is a threat of ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh. He promised that his country was ready to accept the Armenian population, but called the situation difficult.
On September 26, the Armenian government launched special centers in all regions of the country to support IDPs from Karabakh and announced its readiness to accept all citizens who want to leave Karabakh.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
Anti-government demonstrations do not stop in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The opposition is demanding Pashinyan's resignation because of his decision on Nagorno-Karabakh.
On September 19, Azerbaijan announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which resulted in the largest escalation since 2020.
On September 20, at 1 p.m., the parties agreed to a ceasefire and hostilities, which is essentially assessed by some experts as the surrender of Nagorno-Karabakh.