On Monday, March 28, His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, received Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, director of the Armenian Diaspora Survey, who is visiting the United States and Canada to organize the forthcoming phase of the survey. The Prelate and Dr. Tchilingirian had an interesting discussion, joined by Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishyan, Vicar, and Dr. Vartan Matiossian, Executive Director of the Eastern Prelacy.
The Armenian Diaspora Project conducts surveys of public opinion in Armenian diaspora as well current issues and public opinion trends in Armenian communities. The project is an initiative of the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and carried out under the auspices of the Armenian Institute in London.
In 2018, the pilot project was held in Boston, Cairo, Marseille and Pasadena, with the participation of more than 1,000 Armenians in this unprecedented survey. In 2019, another four communities were included in the project: Argentina, Romania, Montreal, and Lebanon, with the participation of 3,000 people. In 2021 four more communities were added: Belgium, Britain, greater Paris, and Rostov-on-Don, with the participation of 2,500 Armenians. The reports of 2018 and 2019 have already been published, whereas the preparation of the 2021 one is underway.
ADS intends to carry out the survey in yet another four North American communities: Toronto, New York, Michigan, and Los Angeles. The project is led by a team of academics, researchers, and experts who collaborate with colleagues and professionals in the U.S. and Canada to complete this initiative.
The data and the knowledge gained from the survey will be available to scholars and interested researchers as a resource for further investigation.