IRELAND / FIRST COMMUNITY SPONSORS

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Ireland launched its first-ever Community Sponsorship Programme for refugees, giving communities around the country the opportunity to provide sanctuary to people fleeing war and persecution. UNHCR

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STORY: IRELAND / FIRST COMMUNITY SPONSORS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 24-25 FEBRUARY 2019, DUNSHAUGHLIN, IRELAND

SHOTLIST:

1.Med shot, Lorca getting on her bicycle and cycling
2.Varios shots, Zouheir and Angham Al-Fakir walking
3.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“The situation for Syrians had become very difficult in Lebanon. We arrived just before Christmas. It was the best Christmas ever.”
4.Close up, Zouheir and Angham Al-Fakir’s holding hands
5.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zouheir Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“We had prepared ourselves to find a place much less beautiful and refined. We lowered all our expectations so that we wouldn’t be disappointed.”
6.Med shot, Lorca Al-Fakir getting on a swing
7.Various shots, Zouheir and Angham Al-Fakir watching Lorca Al-Fakir swing
8.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“The first thing was struck me was of how green it is. Every shade of green.”
9.Various shots, Zouheir, Angham and Lorca Al-Fakir in the living room
10.SOUNDBITE(Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“When we arrived, we found a home that was comfortable. A small house that was so warm and cosy. Everything was gleaming. I’ve felt a part of the family since the minute I arrived.”
11.Various shots, Angham Al-Fakir’s chopping walnuts
12.Med shot, Nola Leonard walking up to the house and knocking on the door
13.Med shot, Zouheir Al-Fakir opening the door and walking into the kitchen
14.Various shots, Zouheir and Angham Al-Fakir preparing desserts
15.Wide shot, event with people mingling
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Nola Leonard, Chair, Refugee Support Association, Dunshauglin
“I always remembered in the back of my mind that Pope Francis, a couple of years ago, said that if every community in the world welcomed a refugee family then that would be a huge help for the problem. I approached the Red Cross and the Red Cross then put me in touch with Nasc, which is the…Nasc Ireland. I then advertised in the community. I spoke in the church, I put a little ad in our local magazine to see would people come and help me. And I got eight or nice great volunteers. And that’s how we have done it.”
17.Med shot, Al-Fakir family at the event
18.Close up, Nola Leonard speaking to Fiona Finn
19.Med shot, Fiona Finn greeting the Al-Fakir family
20.SOUNDBITE(English) Fiona Finn, CEO, Nasc Ireland:
“The community sponsors, they’re an incredible group of people. Before the family came, one member of the community was looking at accommodation for them, another member of the community was looking at the schooling. And now I think they’ve really come together to support the family.”
21.Various shots, Angham Al-Fakir family hanging out with members of the community

STORYLINE:

Ireland launched its first-ever Community Sponsorship Programme for refugees, giving communities around the country the opportunity to provide sanctuary to people fleeing war and persecution.

The Al-Fakir family arrived on a pilot programme in Co. Meath in December 2018, coming from Lebanon. As other towns and communities prepare their own plans to welcome refugees, it is expected that up to 50 people will arrive on community sponsorship programmes by September 2019.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“The situation for Syrians had become very difficult in Lebanon. We arrived just before Christmas. It was the best Christmas ever.”

Zouheir, Angham and Lorca are the first family to be resettled in Ireland through a community sponsorship programme.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zouheir Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“We had prepared ourselves to find a place much less beautiful and refined. We lowered all our expectations so that we wouldn’t be disappointed.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“The first thing was struck me was of how green it is. Every shade of green.”

SOUNDBITE(Arabic) Angham Al-Fakir, Syrian refugee:
“When we arrived, we found a home that was comfortable. A small house that was so warm and cosy. Everything was gleaming. I’ve felt a part of the family since the minute I arrived.”

Alongside the government, the private citizens of Dunshauglin have committed to support the newcomers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nola Leonard, Chair, Refugee Support Association, Dunshauglin
“I always remembered in the back of my mind that Pope Francis, a couple of years ago, said that if every community in the world welcomed a refugee family then that would be a huge help for the problem. I approached the Red Cross and the Red Cross then put me in touch with Nasc, which is the…Nasc Ireland. I then advertised in the community. I spoke in the church, I put a little ad in our local magazine to see would people come and help me. And I got eight or nice great volunteers. And that’s how we have done it.”

SOUNDBITE(English) Fiona Finn, CEO, Nasc Ireland:
“The community sponsors, they’re an incredible group of people. Before the family came, one member of the community was looking at accommodation for them, another member of the community was looking at the schooling. And now I think they’ve really come together to support the family.”

UNHCR is a member of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), a joint initiative with the Government of Canada, the University of Ottawa and a number of philanthropic foundations. GRSI aims to help other countries set up their own community-based refugee sponsorship programmes, strengthening local communities and improving the narratives on refugees in the process. Since the establishment of GRSI, 7 new countries have already initiated programmes or are exploring the feasibility of community sponsorship: Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia.

Unlike traditional refugee resettlement models, where the state provides settlement and integration services directly to refugees, groups of private citizens become the face of welcome for people arriving to their country. Sponsors commit to providing financial, emotional and settlement support to help newcomers as they settle into their new communities.

Since the late 1970s, private sponsors have brought more than 300,000 refugees to Canada, over and above those resettled with government funding. Data collected by the Canadian government indicates that community sponsored refugees tend to have relatively early, positive integration and settlement outcomes, thanks in part to the social support they receive from sponsors.

UNHCR estimates there are 1.4 million refugees around the world in critical need of resettlement. The addition of community sponsorship programs, alongside existing government-assisted ones, ‎has the potential to significantly increase resettlement places for vulnerable refugees. Community sponsorship plays an important role in facilitating the integration of newly arrived refugees thanks to the support and engagement of individuals, community organizations, faith-based groups, NGOs, private companies and resettled refugee families.

The initiative is in line with the Global Compact on Refugees adopted in December by the UN General Assembly, which calls for sharing responsibility for refugees globally with greater resettlement.
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