GENEVA / UNHCR SYRIAN QUESTIONNAIRE

08-Dec-2015 00:02:22
The vast majority of Syrian refugees who arrived in Greece between April and September are well educated, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations Refugee Agency. UNTV CH / FILE
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STORY: GENEVA / UNHCR SYRIAN QUESTIONNAIRE
TRT: 02:22
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE / UNHCR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 8 DECEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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UNTV CH - 8 DECEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UNHCR: “This
“In the preliminary profile of those interviewed, it’s interesting that 86% had a high level of education, at the secondary or university level. Almost a quarter were searching for a missing family member in Syria. And one in five had been separated from one or more family members in that country. Interestingly, the majority, 63%, had fled Syria in 2015 and 85% had reached Greece on their first attempt.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UNHCR:
“At least 37% had spent less than a month in a country of first asylum or transit, so, these are the neighbouring countries of Syria. And 91% had spent time elsewhere before coming to Europe and lived outside of refugee camps.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UNHCR:
“The largest groups were students and working professionals, including teachers, lawyers, doctors, bakers, designers, hairdressers and IT specialists. And when you see in the report there’s a word cloud that has all of these professions and it looks like the make-up of an entire town or village in each one of these populations. It’s the whole fabric of society that is fleeing.”

UNHCR - NOVEMBER 2015 – LESBOS, GREECE

10. Aerial shot, rubber boat arriving on Lesbos
11. Various shots, refugees landing and disembarking
12. Med shot, Syrian mother holding her child
13. Wide shot, boat arriving
14. Med shot, kids on shore
15. Med shot, people disembarking from a rubber boat

UNHCR - 2012 - ALEPPO, SYRIA

16. Tracking shot, destroyed buildings
STORYLINE
The vast majority of Syrian refugees who arrived in Greece between April and September are well educated, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The agency says that the results of the survey have provided the largest set of data collected to date and offers insights into who these refugee families are and why they are coming to Europe.

Between April and September 2015, UNHCR border teams interviewed 1,245 Syrians who had recently arrived in Greece. The aim of the interviews was to find out basic information and develop a preliminary profile of the first groups of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece, so that government authorities, UNHCR and other agencies could make sure they are meeting the needs of the refugees.

Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for UNHCR, said that the results of the survey should help to dispel common assumptions made about refugees: “In the preliminary profile of those interviewed, it’s interesting that 86% had a high level of education, at the secondary or university level. Almost a quarter were searching for a missing family member in Syria. And one in five had been separated from one or more family members in that country. Interestingly, the majority, 63%, had fled Syria in 2015 and 85% had reached Greece on their first attempt.”

The survey found that at least 37% of interviewees had spent less than a month in a country of first asylum or transit. Ninety-one per cent of those who had spent time elsewhere before coming to Europe had lived in private accommodation outside refugee camps.

Over 62% of refugees questioned came from Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's largest cities. The largest groups were students and working professionals, including teachers, lawyers, doctors, bakers, designers, hairdressers and IT specialists.

UNHCR says that the information they have collected clearly shows that further assessment and analysis is needed to plan and coordinate an appropriate emergency response, taking into account the interests and concerns of the refugees. The agency will launch second and third surveys before the end of December.
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