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