UNHCR / MIGRANTS AT SEA

12-Dec-2014 00:01:35
Wrapping up a high level meeting on the problem of seaborne migrants, the UN refugee agency has warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / MIGRANTS AT SEA
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE 11 DECEMBER 2014 GENEVA / 7 AUGUST 2014 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

7 AUGUST 2014, MEDITERRANEAN SEA


1. Aerial shot Italian Navy ship seeking migrants
2. Med shot, refugees on barge
3. Pan, refugees on barge

11 DECEMBER 2014, GENEVA

4. SOUNDBITE (English), N High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, “The world is devoting more capacities to drug trafficking than the human trafficking and this need to change, we need at least to make the same effort tracking down on the traffickers of human being that we do on the traffickers of drugs.”

7 AUGUST 2014, MEDITERRANEAN SEA

5. Pan, refugees aboard Italian ship

1 DECEMBER 2014, GENEVA

6. SOUNDBITE (English), UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres,” “It is obviously one of the biggest dramas of the present time. The number of people that is forced to put themselves in boats, in hands of smugglers and traffickers that do all of the violations of human rights, just because they want a better life and they want to reach safety that is denied to them in their countries in conflict.”

7 AUGUST 2014, MEDITERRANEAN SEA

7. Wide shot Italian ship pulling into port in Sicily
8. Med shot refugees on dock
9. Close up, refugees’ feet in thermal protection

11 DECEMBER 2014, GENEVA

10. SOUNDBITE (English), UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, “We need a robust search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean in 2015 as we had in 2014 if we want to avoid a terrible tragedy.”

7 AUGUST 2014 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

11. Med shot, woman refugee and her child
12 Close up, woman refugee and her child

STORYLINE:

Wrapping up a high level meeting on the problem of seaborne migrants, the UN refugee agency has warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.

After concluding the Geneva-based meeting on “Protection at Sea," UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said some governments were increasingly seeing keeping foreigners out as being a higher priority than upholding asylum.

He said, “The world is devoting more capacities to drug trafficking than the human trafficking and this need to change, we need at least to make the same effort tracking down on the traffickers of human being that we do on the traffickers of drugs.”

The clandestine nature of these sea crossings makes reliable comparisons with previous years difficult, the UNHCR said, but available data points to 2014 being a record high. According to estimates from coastal authorities and information from confirmed interdictions and other monitoring, at least 348,000 people have risked such journeys worldwide since the start of January. Historically, a principal driver has been migration, but this year the number of asylum-seekers involved has grown.

Guterres said, “It is obviously one of the biggest dramas of the present time. The number of people that is forced to put themselves in boats, in hands of smugglers and traffickers that do all of the violations of human rights, just because they want a better life and they want to reach safety that is denied to them in their countries in conflict.”

He said, “We need a robust search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean in 2015 as we had in 2014 if we want to avoid a terrible tragedy.”
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