The first victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, starting in 1988, were Armenian and Azerbaijani refugees. They personally felt the consequences of the war: mass displacement, ethnic violence, etc. More than 360 thousand ethnic Armenian refugees migrated from Azerbaijan to Armenia. Some of them later moved to other countries, but some stayed in Armenia, got citizenship, and began to build their lives in Armenia. During the conflict, some of these displaced people began to exchange their houses based on both oral and written agreements. One settlement that did this was the Mets Masrik village in the Vardenis region, which at the time was partly inhabited by Azerbaijanis. Now, Armenian refugees who migrated from different parts of Azerbaijan live here.
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