The future generations with Armenian descent are increasingly being absorbed by the Brazilian community and by doing so the Armenian community is estimated to assimilate completely in 30 years. This paper will analyze the process that resulted into this situation and steps that are taken, and/or should be taken, to prevent such a phenomenon. The report will also remark on the dispersion of the present day community and how no great attempts are being taken to improve conditions that would make it easier for a potential member to access activities within the community.
The empirical evidence for this report was gathered through personal interviews and observations. It consists of interviews with religious leaders, entrepreneurs, students and diplomats in Brazil. It must be noted here that those classified in a certain category are not limited to that specialization. Many members of the community perform the function of more than one aspect of a society. For example, most leaders of Armenian organizations are successful businesspeople within the mainstream society.
The Armenian government should try to keep one step ahead of the rest of the developing world. Being a newly emerged country, instead of following the traditional formula to development or continue to increase their dependency on foreign aid, they should be more innovative.
Keywords: Armenia; Diaspora; Brazil; Consulate responsibilities; Small state
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American Studies, International Relations, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Armenia, Brazil, Consulate, Diaspora, Small state|
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