BRAZIL / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said São Paulo, a city of 12 million, was the first city in Brazil to pass a municipal law ensuring refugees and migrants access to social rights and public services, and promoting respect for diversity and multiculturalism. UNHCR

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STORY: BRAZIL / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / PORTUGUESE / NATS

DATELINE: 7, 19, 27TH NOVEMBER 2018, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Sao Paulo flag
2. Wide shot, high-rise buildings
3. Wide shot, people walking in street
4. Wide shot, Sabará walking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filipe Sabará, Former Secretary of Social Development, Sao Paulo:
“Our city is a city that has always been welcoming to people from different countries and regions of the world and of Brazil. So, it was the natural path for us to help our neighbours from Venezuela.”
6. Wide shot, busy street
7. Wide shot, warehouse
8. Wide shot, Gonzalez working in warehouse
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“There was no work. We had no jobs, food, and medicine. It was very bad. We decided to leave Venezuela.”
10. Moving shot, Gonzalez working in warehouse
11. Wide ahot, Gonzalez walking down stairs
12. Moving shot, shelter
13. Tracking, Gonzalez at shelter
14. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“During 4 months I stayed in this shelter. I slept here. My son slept here and my son in law here.”
15. Pan right, classroom
16. Med shot, Gonzalez in classroom
17. Tilt up, Gonzalez in classroom
18. Close up, Sao Paulo flag
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Filipe Sabará, Former Secretary of Social Development, Sao Paulo:
"In Sao Paulo we have this law in place where we allow people from abroad to work even if they're refugees because we understand that if they are already sheltered in the city it's very intelligent to shelter with jobs; because then they conquer their autonomy and then you can help more people and receive more, from that too because they become real citizens."
20. Various shots, Gonzalez working in warehouse
21. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Vanderlei Cardoso, CEO, Doxs:
"We hope that with this opportunity, they can add a new meaning to their life; that here in Brazil they can really start their life again and bring their families. Actually, I don’t know who is winning the more, them or us? What has emerged from that has been something magnificent.”
22. Various shots, people working in warehouse
23. Various shots, Johnny and son in law making coffee
24. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“God has opened one door and thanks to Brazil and thanks to the company we are working. Here we have a new family.”
25. Wide shots, Sao Paulo

STORYLINE:

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said São Paulo, a city of 12 million, was the first city in Brazil to pass a municipal law ensuring refugees and migrants access to social rights and public services, and promoting respect for diversity and multiculturalism.

The municipality of São Paulo has set up several Portuguese classes for refugees and migrants with educational material available online. The classes are free and take place in municipal public schools, in areas where refugees and migrants are living.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filipe Sabará, Former Secretary of Social Development, São Paulo:
“Our city is a city that has always been welcoming to people from different countries and regions of the world and of Brazil. So, it was the natural path for us to help our neighbours.”

The city has also established more than 264 vacancies at public shelters to help with the relocation programme for Venezuelans. The programme is run by the government with the support of UNHCR and other UN agencies. These shelters help integration efforts since they are connected with public services provided by the municipality.

Johnny used to run a construction company in Venezuela employing 20 people. Until 2011-2012 things were going pretty well. By 2014, due to insecurity and violence, lack of access to food, medicine and essential services, he came to Brazil with his son and son-in-law.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“There was no work. We had no jobs, food, and medicine. It was very bad. We decided to leave Venezuela.”

In Venezuela, life is increasingly difficult. Almost 200,000 Venezuelans have arrived in Brazil over the last two years.

UNHCR said the São Paulo municipal programme, Trabalho Novo, provides support for refugees living in their shelters.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“During 4 months I stayed in this shelter. I slept here. My son slept here and my son in law here.”

There are also computer and language classes and the refugees are connected to job offers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filipe Sabará, Former Secretary of Social Development, São Paulo:
"In São Paulo we have this law in place where we allow people from abroad to work even if they're refugees because we understand that if they are already sheltered in the city it's very intelligent to shelter with jobs because then they conquer their autonomy and then you can help more people and receive more, from that too because they become real citizens."

The programme has helped over 100 Venezuelans find work. Johnny was hired by Doxs, a logistics company. The company is supportive.

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Vanderlei Cardoso, CEO, Doxs:
“We hope that with this opportunity and that they can add a new meaning to their life. That here in Brazil they can really start their life again and bring their families. Actually, I don’t know who is winning the more, them or us? What has emerged from that has been something magnificent.”

Johnny, his son and son-in-law now live in their own place.

São Paulo has offered them a chance to start again.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Johnny José Gonzalez, Venezuelan refugee:
“God has opened one door and thanks to Brazil and thanks to the company we are working. Here we have a new family.”

UNHCR said São Paulo is an example of how cities can welcome newcomers into its communities, promoting and creating economic, civic and social growth.
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