GENEVA / GREEK ISLANDS REFUGEES

06-Jan-2017 00:01:48
With the temperatures on the Greek islands expected to plummet over next few days, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) reiterated its call to quickly move asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / GREEK ISLANDS REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATTS

DATELINE: 6 JANUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“We are worried. Currently, the situation on Samos, Chios and Lesvos is particularly worrying. On Samos, around 700 people, this includes young children and other especially vulnerable individuals, this people are in unheated tents in the Reception and Information Centre. While UNHCR and our partners have provided many hundreds of thermal blankets, sleeping bags and winter-protection kits, it’s clear that people would be better off on the mainland”.
3. Med shot, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”The transferring of people from the islands to the Greek mainland is allowed only after people have completed the registration process, or in cases of particular vulnerability. Slowness in registration or identifying vulnerable individuals and, previously, problems with shortage of space on the mainland have been factors delaying moves”.
5. Med shot, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
”As of two days ago (4 January), only 7,760 asylum seekers had left Greece or were scheduled to leave under the EU Relocation Mechanism that – you may recall – was agreed in 2015 to relocate people within 2 years. This figure represents just 12 per cent of the 66,000 agreed last year. It is unacceptably low, we are appealing again to Member states to respect their previous commitments and offer additional relocation spaces without delay”.
7. Med shot, group of journalists
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With the temperatures on the Greek islands expected to plummet over next few days, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) reiterated its call to quickly move asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland.
Conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor, the UN agency says.

UNHCR’s spokesperson Adrian Edwards told media today in Geneva that “currently, the situation on Samos, Chios and Lesvos is particularly worrying. On Samos, around 700 people, this includes young children and other especially vulnerable individuals, this people are in unheated tents in the Reception and Information Centre”. Edwards added that “while UNHCR and our partners have provided many hundreds of thermal blankets, sleeping bags and winter-protection kits, it’s clear that people would be better off on the mainland”.

UNHCR and its partners have been installing electric heaters in accommodation units on Chios. On Lesvos, two heated Rub Halls -- large, relocatable tent-like structures -- have been set up.

Edwards said that ”the transferring of people from the islands to the Greek mainland is allowed only after people have completed the registration process, or in cases of particular vulnerability”. Furthermore he said that “slowness in registration or identifying vulnerable individuals and, previously, problems with shortage of space on the mainland have been factors delaying moves”.

According to UNHCR, challenges on the mainland are diminishing. In total UNHCR has created 21,000 accommodation places in apartments, with host families, or other buildings. Some 700 places were created for unaccompanied children.

UNHCR’s spokesperson warned of the low percentage of asylum seekers that had left Greece and have been relocated to another European country.

As of 4 January only 7,760 asylum seekers - or just twelve percent out of 66 000 had left Greece or were scheduled to leave under the EU Relocation Mechanism which was agreed in 2015.

The UNHCR is appealing to member states “to respect their previous commitments and offer additional relocation spaces without delay.”
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