LIBYA / NEW REFUGEE CENTRE

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with the Libyan government and aid partners, opened a facility for refugees in Tripoli this week, seeking to provide a safe alternative to detention while long-term solutions like resettlement and evacuation are sought. UNHCR

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STORY: LIBYA / NEW REFUGEE CENTRE
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 5-6 DECEMBER 2018, TRIPOLI, LIBYA

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1. Pan right, Bus with refugees arriving to The Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF)
2. Wide shot, refugees walking
3. Various shots, refugees in eating area with their children and belongings
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Barrachina Esteban, Spokesperson, UNCHR:
“We are at the airport in Tripoli today where UNHCR is evacuating 133 vulnerable refugees to the Emergency Transit Mechanism in Niger. It is the first time that this evacuation is taking place from the Gathering and Departure Facility that opened this week in Tripoli. Refugees were brought from different detention centres to spend the last days at this facility, where UNHCR is providing child-friendly spaces, 24/7 medical attention, proper accommodation and a place of safety and alternative to detention.”
5. Various shots, Refugees playing football
6. Various shots, refugee children playing on swings and slides
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Paula Barrachina Esteban, Spokesperson, UNCHR:
“We are very happy today that alternatives to detention are in place in Libya, and we hope to be able to continue many more evacuations from this facility that just opened.”
8. Wide shot, refugees walking around the GDF at sunset
9. Various shots, refugees getting onto bus to airport
10. Med shot, refugees at the airport

STORYLINE:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with the Libyan government and aid partners, opened a facility for refugees in Tripoli this week, seeking to provide a safe alternative to detention while long-term solutions like resettlement and evacuation are sought.

The Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) is the first centre of its kind in Libya, and is intended to bring vulnerable refugees to a safe environment while solutions including refugee resettlement, family reunification, evacuation to emergency facilities in other countries, return to a country of previous asylum, and voluntary repatriation are sought for them.

The centre is managed by the Libyan interior ministry, UNHCR and UNHCR’s partner LibAid. The initiative is one of a range of measures needed to offer viable alternatives to the dangerous boat journeys undertaken by refugees and migrants along the Central Mediterranean route.

With an estimated 5,200 refugees and migrants held in detention centres across Libya, including 3,950 in need of international protection, the GDF is a critical alternative to bring the most vulnerable, including women, children and the sick, out of detention.

The Gathering and Departure Facility, which has been supported by the EU and other donors, has a capacity to shelter up to 1,000 vulnerable refugees. The first group of 144 refugees who stayed there this week were released by Libyan authorities to UNHCR from five different detention centres, including from as far as 180 kilometres from the capital, and includes 81 women and children.

At the facility, UNHCR and partners are providing humanitarian assistance such as accommodation, food, medical care and psychosocial support. Child friendly spaces and dedicated protection staff are also available to ensure that refugees and asylum-seekers are adequately cared for.

Since UNHCR began evacuating vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers a year ago, almost 2,500 people who have been held in detention in Libya have now been evacuated to Niger, Italy and Romania.

Despite significant security challenges and restrictions on movement to complete these evacuations, UNHCR has undertaken 23 of evacuations from Libya since November 2017.
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