SOAR-Athens Chapter

SOAR-Athens joined the SOAR family in July 2014. The Armenian presence in Greece began centuries ago when Armenians settled in the wider area of Thessaly, Macedonia, and Thrace. Armenians in Greece, however, acquired the character of a community after the 1920s, when 70,000 to 80,000 survivors of the Armenian Genocide fled to Greece from Cilicia, Smyrna, Ionia, Constantinople and Asia Minor, scattering all over Greece.

Today, the number of Armenians in Greece is estimated at approximately 20,000-35,000, living mainly in Attica (Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs) and in smaller communities in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Komotini, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis, Didimoticho, Orestiada and Crete. The majority of Greco-Armenians are Armenian Apostolic. There are a number of Armenian institutions in Greece, among them being: two kindergartens and elementary schools and one high school, in Athens and Piraeus, which belong to the Armenian Blue Cross; the Armenian Community Cultural Center in Thessaloniki; and Armeniki, an amateur soccer club in Athens.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Asya Ryan
President

Asya was born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, moving to Moscow, Russia in 1993. She pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, the starting her career in Consulting (legal migration, visas department). As hobby, Asya planned musical events inviting different artists to play in Moscow from all over the world. In 2015 she decided to move on her own to Athens, Greece. There she successfully completed Greek language courses with a certificate B2, and immediately after started working in Tourism and Hospitality and has continued in that field to the present. Asya also does freelance work  providing consulting services for obtaining a higher education in Greece and studying programs.