UNHCR / VENEZUELA REFUGEES MIGRANTS

14-Dec-2018 00:02:31
UNHCR and IOM launched an emergency plan for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, the first of its kind in the Americas, calling it an operational blueprint and coordination effort to respond to the needs of Venezuelans on the move. UNHCR
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TITLE: UNHCR / VENEZUELA REFUGEES MIGRANTS
TRT: 2:31
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 DECEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1 Pan left, High Commissioner and Eduardo Stein enter room and take seats
2. Wide shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“You have all sorts of reasons, as the Special Representative said, for which these people have left, ranging from pure hunger to violence and lack of security. And, of course, it is difficult to say – patterns vary, and reasons vary – but for sure, we at UNHCR believe that many have valid reasons to seek international protection.”
4. Cutaway, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“The size of the situation has become so big, as was mentioned, that states in the region are asking us to step up, as well. This is a very important element.”
6. Cutaway, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“This appeal, if you go through it in the summaries, really looks at the humanitarian response, urgent protection issues – women, children, exposure to trafficking, etcetera,a etcetera. It looks at some immediate needs. It looks at the immediate needs of host communities. It looks at [the] issue of documentation and other forms of legal stay in support of governments. It looks at data collection. It looks, importantly – I think this should be stressed – at supporting campaigns against xenophobia that we are conducting with governments in the main countries receiving Venezuelans.”
8. Cutaway, reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Eduardo Stein, UNHCR/IOM Joint Special Representative for refugees and migrants from Venezuela:
“We are indeed facing a humanitarian earthquake. And that is why now, that is why the Secretary-General made use of the possibility for a joint effort in creating a platform amonst the two [eds note: UNHCR and IOM].”
10. Cutaway, reporter
STORYLINE
UNHCR and IOM on Friday (14 Dec) launched an emergency plan for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, the first of its kind in the Americas, calling it an operational blueprint and coordination effort to respond to the needs of Venezuelans on the move.

Faced with the largest population outflow in Latin America of recent years, 95 organizations covering 16 countries have been working together to establish a comprehensive response to the urgent needs of millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and host communities. This effort is coordinated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration.

The RMRP, which is also an appeal for funding, focuses on four key areas: direct emergency assistance, protection, socio-economic and cultural integration and strengthening capacities in the receiving countries. RMRP funding requirements in 2019 amount to US$ 738 million. Interventions will target 2.7 million people in 16 countries, 2.2 million of them Venezuelans and 500,000 people in host communities. Eduardo Stein has been named Joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

To date, most Venezuelan refugees and migrants have arrived initially in neighbouring Colombia. While some remain there, many have moved onwards, mainly to Ecuador, Peru, and to a lesser extent Chile and Argentina. Meanwhile Brazil has become another major destination. Mexico, Caribbean and Central American countries have so far witnessed a smaller number of arrivals, either directly or through secondary movements. These trends are likely to continue in 2019.

Solidarity and responsibility-sharing from the international community are desperately needed, not only for Venezuelan nationals, but also for the governments and citizens of destination countries. They have been at the forefront of the response to the outflow, including through regional initiatives such as the Quito Process, and have demonstrated extraordinary generosity towards the refugees and migrants, in some cases for years. Their ability to cope and their infrastructure are being stretched beyond capacity
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