Armenians in diaspora
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Following the 1915 Genocide, the numbers and nature of the Armenian diaspora changed dramatically. Always diverse, the diaspora has become more radically dispersed and attained a greater sense of fragile permanence. Today reliable figures are difficult to find but it is generally agreed that at least one half of Armenians in the world live outside the Republic of Armenia.1 With recent migrations away from that state, it is probable that the balance has shifted to a majority in diaspora, including what many call the ‘internal diaspora’, other states in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The approximate figures are some five million in diaspora and under three million in the republic. The focus in this chapter will be on the diaspora outside the FSU, providing information about the context of the present diaspora, a description of some of its communities, and an analysis of issues raised.