GENEVA / VENEZUELA REFUGEES

Preview Language:   Original
13-Mar-2018 00:02:18
Due to the continuing outflow of Venezuelans to neighboring countries as a result of the complex political and socio-economic developments in the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued new protection guidance for governments to address the situation of persons in need. UNTV CH

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: GENEVA / VENEZUELA REFUGEES
TRT: 2:18
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 MARCH FEBRUARY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Briefing Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Katerina Kitidi, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“UNHCR’s guidelines encourage States to ensure Venezuelans have access to territory and refugee procedures. In addition, UNHCR welcomes and calls on governments to adopt pragmatic protection-oriented responses for the Venezuelan people, such as alternative legal stay arrangements, including visas or temporary residence permits, as well as other regularization programmes, which guarantee access to the basic rights of health care, education, family unity, freedom of movement, shelter and the right to work”.
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Katerina Kitidi, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We know that every day more and more Venezuelans are leaving their country. It is believable that over 1,5 million are living abroad based on conservative government estimates. This means that the Americas is facing one of the largest population outflows in the region since the creation of UNHCR in 1950”.
6. Close up, hands
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Katerina Kitidi, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“There has been a 2,000 % increase in the number of Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum worldwide since 2014, principally in the Americas during the last year. Although over 94,000 Venezuelans have been able to access refugee procedures in other countries in 2017, many more of those in need of protection opt for other legal stay arrangements, that may be faster to obtain and provide the right to work, access to health and education”.
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Katerina Kitidi, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Latin America has some of the world’s most progressive refugee arrangements such as the Cartagena Declaration of 1984, which is built on the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and embodies a wider refugee definition. UNHCR considers that the broad circumstance leading to the outflow of Venezuelan nationals would fall within the spirit of the Cartagena Declaration”.
10. Med shot, journalists
11. Med shot, journalists
12. Med shot, cameraman
13. Wide shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

Due to the continuing outflow of Venezuelans to neighboring countries as a result of the complex political and socio-economic developments in the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued new protection guidance for governments to address the situation of persons in need.

Speaking to media Tuesday (13 Mar) in Geneva, UNHCR’s spokesperson Katerina Kitidi said that “UNHCR’s guidelines encourage states to ensure Venezuelans have access to territory and refugee procedures”. She added that “UNHCR welcomes and calls on governments to adopt pragmatic protection-oriented responses for the Venezuelan people, such as alternative legal stay arrangements, including visas or temporary residence permits, as well as other regularization programmes, which guarantee access to the basic rights of health care, education, family unity, freedom of movement, shelter and the right to work”.

The movements are taking place for different reasons among which are insecurity and violence, lack of food, medicine or access to essential social services as well as loss of income.

UNHCR’s Kitidi said that “we know that every day more and more Venezuelans are leaving their country. It is believable that over 1,5 million are living abroad based on conservative government estimates. This means that the Americas is facing one of the largest population outflows in the region since the creation of UNHCR in 1950”.

As UNHCR is working with governments to address the protection and basic needs of people leaving the country, it has developed a regional response plan that covers 8 countries and the Caribbean sub-region seeking to strengthen national asylum and other international protection processes.

Kitidi resumed that “there has been a 2,000 % increase in the number of Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum worldwide since 2014, principally in the Americas during the last year. Although over 94,000 Venezuelans have been able to access refugee procedures in other countries in 2017, many more of those in need of protection opt for other legal stay arrangements, that may be faster to obtain and provide the right to work, access to health and education”.

In view of the situation in Venezuela, it is crucial that people are not deported or forcibly returned there.

Kitidi reminded that “Latin America has some of the world’s most progressive refugee arrangements such as the Cartagena Declaration of 1984, which is built on the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and embodies a wider refugee definition. UNHCR considers that the broad circumstance leading to the outflow of Venezuelan nationals would fall within the spirit of the Cartagena Declaration”.
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Geographic Subjects
Creator
UNTV CH
Alternate Title
unifeed180313a
Asset ID
2109028