GREECE / 111 YEAR OLD REFUGEE

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Layla, a 111-year-old Kurdish refugee from Syria, fled her home carried by her son. She arrived in Greece at the end of 2017 and has been granted asylum later on. But Layla’s wish is to be reunited with her grandchildren who have been living in Germany for the last two years. UNHCR
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STORY: GREECE / 111 YEAR OLD REFUGEE
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: KURMANJI /NATS

DATELINE: 14 FEBRUARY 2018, ATHENS, GREECE

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1. Close up, Layla Salha
2. Pan left, Layla with family
3. SOUNDBITE (Kurmanji) Layla Salha, 111-year-old Syrian refugee:
“I wish I could see Kobane again. I cannot go there amid the current situation.”
4. Various shots, Layla with family
5. SOUNDBITE (Kurmanji) Layla Salha, 111-year-old Syrian refugee:
“I would love it if they could come see me. I’m not able to move or go see them myself.”
6. Med shot, Layla kissing a photo of her granddaughter
7. Med shot, Layla on terrace

STORYLINE:

Layla, a 111-year-old Kurdish refugee from Syria, fled her home carried by her son. She arrived in Greece at the end of 2017 and has been granted asylum later on. But Layla’s wish is to be reunited with her grandchildren who have been living in Germany for the last two years.

Layla lives in one of UNHCR’s rented apartments in Athens with family members. She fled northern Syria at the end of the last years and braved the Aegean Sea with her children to reach Greece In February 2018, she was granted asylum.

There are currently more than 50,000 refugees and migrants living in Greece. Since March 2016, when the Balkan route closed and the EU-Turkey Statement on arrivals and returns was made, most people have applied for asylum in Greece, unable to travel on to other EU countries. Almost 60,000 applied in 2017 and more than 8,000 in the first two months of this year. They first stay in arrival reception and identification centres before transfer to the mainland for those eligible for asylum consideration. The most vulnerable and those hoping for family reunion, like 111-year-old refugee Layla Salha, are moved to apartments provided by UNHCR under the EU-funded ESTIA (Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation) programme.

These are located around the country but mostly (64%) in Athens, providing enough places for more than 23,000 people as well as cash assistance as they wait for decisions on asylum and family reunion. The slow pace of these decisions, due largely to capacity problems and staff shortages is a major complaint.
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