Migration is a complex public process affecting many sides of a social-economic life of any country. Migration is generally positive.
A flow of migrants into Azerbaijan has started in the year 2000. Noting that Azerbaijan is a part of a world economy President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev added: “The people of Azerbaijan are hospitable. A large construction and building works conducted in our country, as well as development in our economy attract migrants to our country”.
A state policy in the field of migration is being successfully carried out in our Republic. Along with other state bodies in our country the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society has been working with refugees and internally displaced persons and provides regularly humanitarian assistance to them.
Free of charge Azerbaijan language course of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society for migrants has been functioning for almost 4 years in our country. The course was organized at the initiative of President of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and member of the National Parliament Dr. Novruz Aslanov as a support to social integration of migrants in our country. Providing support to social integration of migrants is one of the objectives arising from resolution No.3 endorsed by the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society on behalf of the state of Azerbaijan at the 31st General Assembly of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 2011 in Geneva city of Switzerland.
The course are being held at the office building of “HAYAT” international refugee women and youth center. The duration of Azerbaijan language course is 9 months. At the end of the course the graduates receive relevant certificates. An employee of Migration department of the Az.RC Mrs. Sona Hajiyeva works as a teacher at Azerbaijan language course for migrants.
The opening ceremony of the 5th academic year of free of charge Azerbaijan language course for migrants took place on the 3rd of October 2017 at the office building of “HAYAT” international refugee women and youth center. In her opening speech a manager of “HAYAT” international refugee women and youth center Ravana Hashimova welcomed all guests, migrants and community leaders participating at the opening ceremony. Then the floor was given to the Head of Migration department of the Az.RC and secretary of Public Council under the State Migration Service Mammad Katanov. On behalf of a president of the Az.RC Mammad Katanov welcomed all participants and noted that this course plays an important role in integration of migrants into a society. “The Migration department of the Az.RC also provides humanitarian assistance to participants of Azerbaijan language course on a yearly basis. We are planning to organize in future different seminars and trainings for migrants in cooperation with other departments of the National Society”-said Mammad Katanov.
Azerbaijan language course teacher Mrs. Sona Hajiyeva introduced the registered students of the course to the participants. In her speech Sona Hajiyeva noted that free of charge Azerbaijan language course was organized at the initiative of President of the AzRC Dr.Novruz Aslanov. “Migrants and their school age children show great interest to this course of the National Society and they learn Azerbaijan language with enthusiasm”- added Sona Hajiyeva. “Attendance of students and results achieved by students during the past year was satisfactory”-said Sona Hajiyeva. In addition to basic Azerbaijan language course the National Society also organized last year 2 months summer preparatory lessons for migrants children of pre-school age.
Deputy manager of Programs department for migrants of the UNHCR Narmina Osmanli, a chairman of HAYAT agency Azer Allahveranov and “Community based health” program manager of the AzRC Matanat Garakhanova also participated at the event. In their speeches they all expressed their satisfaction with the Azerbaijan language lessons conducted by Mrs.Sona Hajiyeva for migrants and thanked Sona Hajiyeva for her work. Then they presented certificates to graduates of Azerbaijan language course.
After registration of migrant students that would attend Azerbaijan language course in a new 2017/2018 academic year the Azerbaijan language teacher Sona Hajiyeva conducted an induction lesson for migrants and informed them about history and geography of the Azerbaijan Republic, humanitarian activities of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. A total of 24 migrants participated at the induction lesson. At the end of the lesson school stationeries were distributed to migrants and they were invited to join the candy table.
Head of the Department for the Work with Regional Centers and local branches of the AzRC Agayar Huseinov, other staff members of the National Society Headquarters and community leaders also participated at the event.