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Young people and professionals from Southern Caucasus are increasingly turning towards opportunities abroad citing local unemployment, lack of feasible opportunities and prospects for future in their home countries.
While activists note the country is making progress fighting the problem, a deadly mix of cultural taboos and limited resources complicate the reform.
Many LGBTQ+ individuals who face discrimination and violence in Azerbaijan see little recourse through the police or any official judicial channels.
Women employed in the fishing industry in Georgia are usually informal workers, so there is scarce data on their incomes and contributions to the sector.
Despite the lack of guarantees for her safety, Banu took a risk and moved to Georgia where she is looking for a job and enjoying her freedom.
Dowry, a centuries-old tradition in Azerbaijan is transforming. Newlyweds also are expecting less and encouraging their parents to save money.
Millions of Azerbaijanis working in Russia and Ukraine are finding themselves forced to choose between their jobs and safety as Russia’s war continues to disrupt the economy on both sides.
Attempts to evacuate residents were largely unsuccessful, until March 14, when more than 160 private cars finally left the city.
Before Covid-19 struck Armenia, Avetisyan says a steady stream of construction and day labor work kept his family fed and housed.
Afgan Maharramov, 54, like many other traditional taxi drivers, is struggling to compete against new taxi apps in Baku.
Azerbaijanis over 65 are not permitted to leave their homes. Therefore many cannot receive their pensions, buy badly needed medication, or access social support.
For ethnic Georgians in breakaway Abkhazia, life is a bureaucratic nightmare.
One customer worries about the weakness in his legs following a stroke, another about "young boys with hair like women."
"When you are professional you do your best. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman."
Impoverished Shaki is a conservative place, but the town's talented girls' football team is emerging as a national powerhouse.
The students speak about their lives in a foreign land and their expectations for the future, when they return to Armenia.
"Every year we are told that a house will be provided for us next year."
Economic pressures and isolation have left one of Lernagyugh's two remaining families on the verge of leaving.
"Right then the sky went orange. A wave shook me and I saw soldiers flying through the air."
They share a common determination and single-mindedness despite very different goals and dreams.
Years after the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno Karabakh peaked, the disputed region was still posting 20 or more civilian casualties from landmines annually.