The third in the series took place on Sunday 1 March 2020 and the subject was “The Armenian Diaspora Survey” presented by Dr Hratch Tchillingirian.

The intention of the project was to find out the thinking of the people that make up the Armenian diaspora. Funded by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and led by the Armenian Institute London the first two years of this 4-year project have been completed. So far around 3000 people have responded to the survey between in 2018 and 2019. Results for 2019 are still being analysed but this event was the first for people to hear the key results gleaned so far.

In 2018 they surveyed people from the Armenian diaspora in four countries; Boston, Cairo, Marseille and Pasadena, and in 2019 the countries were Argentina, Lebanon, Canada and Romania. The main themes of the questions were to do with Identity, Language and Culture, community engagement, political engagement, connections with the republic of Armenia today.

Everyone present was very impressed with the quality and thoroughness of the research as well as the presentation. Lots of interesting questions were asked at the end with everyone agreeing that the research was well-designed and thought out.

Every data set and the results are freely available for anyone to use them and the social scientist files are available out in the public domain. The website is: www.armeniandiasporasurvey.com

Coronavirus Notice

Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large, so we ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our volunteers and staff are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from the week beginning on the 16 March 2020, all our services except the advice work are suspended until further notice.  This means the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are all suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend our face-to-face services and call NHS 111 for advice. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk to continue receiving our support.

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough and shortness of breath but for full details you may search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.

Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.  – 14/3/2020