GENEVA / EU TURKEY CHILDREN

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned of “a very concerning increase of number of children kept under detention, because of their migration status,” adding that these worrying trends had been observed in Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary, among other European countries. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / EU TURKEY CHILDREN
TRT: 3:02
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We observe a very concerning increase of number of children kept under detention, because of their migration status. So, we see in many countries a number of children that are simply detained for a long period and they are finally kept under what we define an inacceptable situation”.
4. Close up, typing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“There are many unseen scars, what does that mean? Psychological distress of these children that are remaining stranded, they do not see an opportunity or perspective to join their family. It is having a huge impact over their psychological status that will have consequences for a long lifetime”.
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“Linked to the EU-Turkey deal there was a framework for the relocation of the people stranded in Greece and in Italy. As of today the numbers still of the people that have been relocated, particularly children and particularly unaccompanied and separated children that have been relocated in member states is very, very small”.
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“Now one of the major problems is: Since this EU-Turkey deal eventually we have less visibility of the people that are moving. But we are aware that even getting data or outreaching these children is getting extremely complex, because they are becoming invisible. In order to try to move, they have no alternative, but rely on criminal organisations, on smuggling organization and many of them, probably the majority of them, we do not even see while moving closed in trucks”.
10. Medium shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“Our call is: we need really to rethink the current frame of this agreement, the potential replication of this agreement in other scenario and taking into consideration of what we call `safe passages’. We need to give an opportunity to people, particularly to the most vulnerable like children to have a safe passage to have the right to seek protection and to seek for an environment where they can survive”.
12. Close up, spokesperson
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“If we are going to Bulgaria, consider that just in 2016 every single child that was intercepted by the police forces was put for an average of eight days under detention. That was in 2016. As of today we see a negative trend, because we see that it is doubling the term of detention. So most of the time these children in the first three month of this year were spending an average of 17 days in detention”.
14. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned of “a very concerning increase of number of children kept under detention, because of their migration status.”

Speaking to media in Geneva today, Lucio Melandri, Unicef’s Senior Emergency Manager for Refugee and Migrant Crisis said “we see in many countries a number of children that are simply detained for a long period and they are finally kept under what we define an inacceptable situation”.

He said that some of these worrying trends had been observed in Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary, among other European countries.

Melandri said “there are many unseen scars" that have detected by his team, including "psychological distress of these children that are remaining stranded. They do not see an opportunity or perspective to join their family. It is having a huge impact over their psychological status that will have consequences for a lifetime.

Speaking on the last year EU-Turkey deal aimed at stemming arrivals of asylum seekers and migrants from Turkey to Europe, Melandri said “as of today the numbers still of the people that have been relocated, particularly children and particularly unaccompanied and separated children that have been relocated in member states is very, very small”.

He said the deal has an effect of making children refugees and migrants face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation.

Under the EU-Turkey deal reached on March 18 of last year, Turkey agreed to slow down on migrant flows, mainly of Syrians, in exchange for more aid, visa-free travel and the speeding up of Ankara's long-stalled EU accession talks. Since last March there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children on the move into Europe, but there has been an increase in the threats and distress on refugee and migrant children, according to UNICEF.

Melandri described the practice of countries such as Bulgaria where migrant children are kept in detention for several days at least.

He said “If we are going to Bulgaria, consider that just in 2016 every single child that was intercepted by the police forces was put for an average of eight days under detention. That was in 2016. As of today we see a negative trend, because we see that it is doubling the term of detention. So most of the time these children in the first three month of this year were spending an average of 17 days in detention.”

A central part of the EU-Turkey deal was the relocation within the European Union of at least 120,000 migrants from Greece and Italy. So far, only 14,412 people have been relocated.
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