In this community in Gegharquniq region, with population of some 15 000, around one third of the residents are labor migrants living in Russia. Out of more than 9000 people remaining in the town the number of officially registered unemployed, various sources say, ranges from 1500
The population in Martuni dropped for 5.4% between 2011 and 2015, which exceeded the average migration index across the republic for about 18%
According to the 5-year plan
for town development more than 5850 residents live beyond the administrative confines of the town.
Armen Avetisyan, head of the town since 2016, sees the alarming situation as an additional opportunity for the development of the community.
Uniting the businesspeople, native of Martuni, working abroad, as well as local entrepreneurs, Avetisyan has managed to solve problems haunting the community.
"We had planned to spend AMD 7.4 million of the budget funds for the renovation of a kindergarten, but the works have cost us AMD 15.2 million. The first investment, AMD 500 000, were the contribution I made into this project myself; the rest of the money was donated by our businesspeople," says mayor Avetisyan.
Joining the community efforts, the administration has organized the cleaning and improvement of the vitally important public beach in Martuni, without spending a penny from the town budget.