NIGER / AGADEZ MIGRANTS REFUGEES

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vittorino visited Agadez - a transit location for asylum seekers and migrants in Niger that is growing and in need of wider support to offer safety and opportunities. UNIFEED

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STORY: NIGER / AGADEZ MIGRANTS REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGES: FRENCH / ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 07 FEBRUARY 2022, AGADEZ, NIGER

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1. Tracking shot, from a car through Agadez
2. Tracking shot, from a car through market centre
3. Wide shot, Safa Ahmed, Sudanese refugee in her home showing items she sells
4. Close up, Safa
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Safa Ahmed, Sudanese Refugee:
“To tell the truth, life here, apart from the fact that I don't have my mother and my father, is good. Thank God. I work, my daughters study, in English. I have a business selling clothes, perfumes. I can work. I do not expect anything from anyone. I have everything. Libya is behind me.”
6. Various shots, Safa showing and explaining what she sells
7. Tracking shot, refugees at humanitarian centre
8. Wide shot, refugee woman outside humanitarian centre
9. Med shot, UN High Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi with Nigerien official
10. Med shot, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General, Antonio Vittorino
11. Wide shot, refugee speaking to Grandi
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Cameroonian Refugee:
“We thank God that Nigerien government received us and gave us a place to sleep and we really appreciate it but we here, our main problem is our future.”
13. Med shot, Grandi speaking with refugees outside humanitarian centre
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“I am very happy that we came here to try to see what our respective responsibilities are and how, together, we can help these populations on the move, the local population and the authorities of a country that remains extremely generous and open to welcoming everyone.”
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Vittorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“UNHCR and our organization (IOM) as part of the United Nations, following a decision of the Secretary General, have a mandate to engage even more to address the needs of the displaced.”
16. Wide shot, man working, shovelling dirt, building a house
17. Pan right, man stacking bricks
18. Wide shot, children standing and smiling

STORYLINE:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vittorino visited Agadez - a transit location for asylum seekers and migrants in Niger that is growing and in need of wider support to offer safety and opportunities.

Niger is a major hub for mixed movements northwards to Libya, Algeria, and the Mediterranean, but is now witnessing an increasing number of people fleeing Libya or being deported from Algeria.

Known as mixed movements - these include journeys taken by economic migrants as well as persons in need of international protection or those who can seek asylum.

Safa fled Sudan five years ago and got stranded in Libya. She made it out and travelled to Agadez.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Safa Ahmed, Sudanese Refugee:
“To tell the truth, life here, apart from the fact that I don't have my mother and my father, is good. Thank God. I work, my daughters study, in English. I have a business selling clothes, perfumes. I can work. I do not expect anything from anyone. I have everything. Libya is behind me.”

The Government of Niger, UNHCR, IOM and NGO partners identify asylum seekers within the migratory flows and provide them with adequate information and tailored assistance.

UNHRC and its partners have identified and biometrically registered over 2,000 individuals in need of international protection now living at the humanitarian centre.

Grandi and Vitorino heard from them about their hopes and needs.

SOUNDBITE (English) Cameroonian Refugee:
“We thank God that Nigerien government received us and gave us a place to sleep and we really appreciate it but we here, our main problem is our future.”

UNHCR’s main objective is to ensure that those seeking protection receive assistance and have access to asylum.

SOUNDBITE (French) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations:
“I am very happy that we came here to try to see what our respective responsibilities are and how, together, we can help these populations on the move, the local population and the authorities of a country that remains extremely generous and open to welcoming everyone.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Vittorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“UNHCR and our organization (IOM) as part of the United Nations, following a decision of the Secretary General, have a mandate to engage even more to address the needs of the displaced.”

UNHCR is also investing in the structural strengthening of the asylum system and implementation of activities to support and offer assistance by finding durable solutions, such as resettlement, local integration, or voluntary return to the country of origin if the security conditions allow. Complementary legal pathways, such as family reunification, study visa or humanitarian evacuations are also examined.
The majority of asylum seekers are hosted in the Humanitarian Centre - an area set up on the outskirts of Agadez where they have access to health care, economic activities, water, shelter and food among other basic needs.
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