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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.123

Polish diaspora in Armenia - migration and tourism


  • Ewelina EBERTOWSKA

Primary authors

  • Ewelina EBERTOWSKA (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)


"The Polish Diaspora is one of the smallest ethnic groups in Armenia. This minority, composed of about 300 people, has a significant impact on Armenian tourism. In my speech, I will present the results of field studies focusing on the Polish minority in Armenia and answer the question of why tourism has played an important role in Polish diaspora organizations? Poles over the years have been involved in the development of Polish-Armenian contacts, as well as ambassadors of Polish culture in their place of residence. This influence means even unflagging interest in learning Polish at Armenian universities, as well as the Dendrological Park in Stepanavan, founded by Edmund Leonowicz. This park is currently a well-known tourist attraction commonly associated with the Polish activity in Armenia. The current Polonia organizations are involved in the promotion of Poland, but also in Armenia. They are double ambassadors. They advertise Armenian culture in Poland by organizing music and dance concerts in many Polish cities. In addition, some of them work in tourism. They organize tours around Armenia for Polish tourists, but also for tourists from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. An important role of the organization has become mutual promotion. It can even be said that tourism has become almost as important as dealing with Polish-American affairs and promoting Polish culture. In the presentation, I will present the growing importance of tourism for two Polish organizations. On their basis, I will present the discussed process and answer the question posed."