MONTENEGRO / REFUGEE WORKERS

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The tranquil town of Perast, on Montenegro’s Mediterranean coast, has everything to build a thriving tourism industry – except manpower. But one hotel manager is countering the country’s skilled labour shortage with the help of refugee employees. UNHCR

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STORY: MONTENEGRO / REFUGEE WORKERS
TRT: 3:19
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / NATS
DATELINE: 7 FEBRUARY 2019, PERAST, MONTENEGRO

SHOTLIST:
1. Drone shot, bay of Perast
2. Wide shot, tilt down to the village's main street
3. Wide shot, sea front
4. Drone shot, bay of Perast
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Roberto" Refugee from Cuba:
"My work here is to clean rooms. Whatever I can do to help. Maintenance. Anything that needs doing."
6. Med shot, Roberto being interviewed
7. Various shots, Cuban refugees, Roberto and Silvio working
8. Various shots, Roberto and Silvio working
9. Wide shot, tilt down to the Villa Perast hotel
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Simona Pulcinelli, Hotel manager:
"My main challenge is to find people to involve in my team. I think this is the main problem of each company in Montenegro."
11. Close up, shadows on the wall
12. Med shot, Simona being interviewed
13. Wide shot, tourists walking on the sea front of Perast
14. Drone shot, Perast
15. Various shots, Roberto and Silvio making a room
16. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Silvio", Refugee from Cuba:
"I feel comfortable. I feel I am trusted here. I work with a person with an open mind. I feel comfortable. I feel good. Thanks to my job I can support my family."
17. Med shot, "Silvio" being interviewed
18. Various shots, Perast's sea front
19. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Roberto", Refugee from Cuba:
"It’s a tiny little place. It’s quiet and I feel good. "
20. Wide shot, tourists walking on the sea front of the village
21. Drone shot, Villa Perast
22. Med shot, "Roberto" being interviewed
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Darka Minic, Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR Montenegro:
"For a refugee, work means restoring self-dignity, restoring self-respect, restoring your life back to normal in a totally new environment."
24. Wide shot, Darka Minic and Simona Pulcinelli talking to each other
25. Med shot, Darka being interviewed
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Simona Pulcinelli, Hotel manager:
"I can say that they help us and we help them."
27. Wide shot, “Roberto” and “Silvio” working
28. Med shot, Simona being interviewed
29. Drone shot, sunset over the bay

STORYLINE:

The tranquil town of Perast, on Montenegro’s Mediterranean coast, has everything to build a thriving tourism industry – except manpower. But one hotel manager is countering the country’s skilled labour shortage with the help of refugee employees, a duo who came seeking safety and found economic opportunity in the Balkan country.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Roberto" Refugee from Cuba:
"My work here is to clean rooms. Whatever I can do to help. Maintenance. Anything that needs doing."

“Roberto” and “Silvio” faced persecution in Cuba. They were granted asylum in Montenegro in 2017. Now they both work at the Vila Perast.

Montenegro, which became an independent country in 2006, has just over 600,000 people. While unemployment, in the double digits, is a general problem, the booming tourism industry that sees up to two million people visit the country each year suffers from a lack of skilled labour. The manager of Vila Perast, Italian national Simona Pulcinelli, found it hard to recruit staff for her hotel.

SOUNDBITE (English) Simona Pulcinelli, Hotel manager:
"My main challenge is to find people to involve in my team. I think this is the main problem of each company in Montenegro."

Thanks to a contact through her language teacher, Pulcinelli managed to find “Roberto” and “Silvio”. The men, aged 35 and 43, had been staying at a centre for asylum seekers in Spuz, outside the capital of Podgorica, and now live at the hotel where they have full-time, year-round staff positions.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Silvio", Refugee from Cuba:
"I feel comfortable. I feel I am trusted here. I work with a person with an open mind. I feel comfortable. I feel good. Thanks to my job I can support my family."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) "Roberto", Refugee from Cuba:
"It’s a tiny little place. It’s quiet and I feel good. "

Tourism industry is growing rapidly. But a country of only 620,000 struggles to cater for two million visitors a year. Refugees need jobs to be independent to support loved ones, to feel part of the local community.

SOUNDBITE (English) Darka Minic, Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR Montenegro:
"For a refugee, work means restoring self-dignity, restoring self-respect, restoring your life back to normal in a totally new environment."

SOUNDBITE (English) Simona Pulcinelli, Hotel manager:
"I can say that they help us and we help them."
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