UN / URBAN REFUGEES

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The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, said that while most of the humanitarian assistance goes to refugees living in camps, urban refugees “are largely overlooked.” UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 18 MAY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

18 MAY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Economic and Social Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“While most of the humanitarian assistance goes to refugees living in camps, the urban refugees, if you allow that expression, are largely overlooked. Plenty of them are also, by the way, internally displaced. They often end up living in slums or in informal settlements in the fringes of the cities, in overcrowded neighbourhoods and in areas prone to flooding, sanitation hazards and disease.”
4. Wide shot, Economic and Social Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Even if cities struggle to accommodate large flows of migrants, they also largely benefit from their presence and work. As Bill Swing, Director-General of the IOM, International Organization for Migration, has said, migrants need cities, but cities also need migrants.”
6. Wide shot, Economic and Social Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We must dispel the myths about migrants and migration which tend to poison the public discourse. Not in any way to diminish that it’s a challenge, a problem, for this adaptation to new realities as the world enters our countries. But as much our countries are part of the world, in today’s world, the world is also inside our own countries.”
8. Wide shot, Economic and Social Council

STORYLINE:

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, today (18 May) said that while most of the humanitarian assistance goes to refugees living in camps, urban refugees “are largely overlooked.”

Speaking at a UN-HABITAT event on migrants, refugees and cities, Eliasson said urban refugees “often end up living in slums or in informal settlements in the fringes of the cities, in overcrowded neighbourhoods and in areas prone to flooding, sanitation hazards and disease.”

The Deputy Secretary-General said that “even if cities struggle to accommodate large flows of migrants, they also largely benefit from their presence and work.”

He called for dispelling “the myths about migrants and migration which tend to poison the public discourse” and said that “as much our countries are part of the world, in today’s world, the world is also inside our own countries.”

The High-level event on “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization” was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy, the New York Office of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), in collaboration with the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN-Women (2016 Chair of the Global Migration Group), the International Labour Organization (ILO), Network 11 and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
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