GENEVA / MEDITERRANEAN MIGRANTS

21-Dec-2018 00:01:48
In the western Mediterranean, the Spanish Coast Guard yesterday carried out a search and rescue operation, saving 33 lives but recovering 12 bodies, according to UN agencies. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / MEDITERRANEAN MIGRANTS
TRT: 1:48
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 DECEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, room III, Palais des Nations
3. Close up, press release, IOM
4. SOUNDBITE (English) -Joel Millman, spokesperson, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“We have seen a constant rise in arrivals starting last summer, summer of 2017, all the way up through to every month this year but what was remarkable and noticeable about Spain for most of this year was the volume of arrivals kept increasing but the fatalities reported were quite few. In the last two months, that situation has changed.”
5. Med shot, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Throssell, spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“On the one boat, we understand 33 people were rescued including a person who unfortunately died later at the hospital. And there were 12 people dead and 12 missing during the journey, and apparently there was a massive sea swell that threw them into the water. A second boat, according to the reports our colleagues have gathered, had 57 people on board, and also one person who was dead on board at the time of the rescue.”
7. Med shot, camera operators
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Elizabeth Throssell, spokesperson, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“We understand that the people who were picked up, many of them are being held at Almería port in detention centres and obviously our implementing partner is there to provide the people with information and support, and to help, any potential protection and other needs, and of course to promote access to asylum process for those who may need it.”
9. Close up, journalist
10. Med shot, journalists
11. Wide, podium

STORYLINE:

In the western Mediterranean, the Spanish Coast Guard Thursday (20 Dec) carried out a search and rescue operation, saving 33 lives but recovering 12 bodies, according to UN agencies.

The Mediterranean is home to three main migratory routes used by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to cross into Europe. They are the Central Mediterranean Route (CMR) which refers to the sea journey from North Africa (mainly Libya) to Italy; the Eastern Mediterranean Route (EMR) which refers to the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece; and the Western Mediterranean Route (WMR), the sea crossing from Morocco to mainland Spain and land crossings into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) observed that despite seeing an increasing volume of arrivals on the Western Mediterranean route since mid- 2017, it is only in the last two months that the route is also seeing an increase in fatalities.

Joel Millman, spokesperson of IOM told reporters in Geneva today: “we have seen a constant rise in arrivals starting last summer, summer of 2017, all the way up through to every month this year but what was remarkable and noticeable about Spain for most of this year was the volume of arrivals kept increasing but the fatalities reported were quite few. In the last two months, that situation has changed.”

The International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reported that the Mediterranean region continues to account for most deaths recorded globally with 2,242 migrant deaths and disappearances recorded through 19 December 2018. This data will be further consolidated by January 2019.

Thursday’s incident follows the formal endorsement of the Global Compact for Migration by the General Assembly, on Wednesday, 19 December. The Global Compact on Migration is the first-ever negotiated global framework in a common approach to international migration drawing on best practice and international law in an attempt to make migration safe and provide greater protection to the vulnerable.

The UN Refugee Agency reported that of the six boats recovered by the Spanish Coast Guard on Thursday, 33 people were rescued, 12 bodies were recovered, and 12 migrants remain lost at sea. Of the dead, at least ten were men and two were women.

These numbers are liable to change as it is a developing story but Elizabeth Throssell, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency told journalists in Geneva that currently their reports state that “On the one boat, we understand 33 people were rescued including a person who unfortunately died later at the hospital. And there were 12 people dead and 12 missing during the journey, and apparently there was a massive sea swell that threw them into the water. A second boat, according to the reports our colleagues have gathered, had 57 people on board, and also one person who was dead on board at the time of the rescue.”

Those rescued are being held at detention centres at the port, and the UN Refugee Agency mentioned that they were trying to provide the people the required support.

“We understand that the people who were picked up, many of them are being held at Almería port in detention centres and obviously our implementing partner is there to provide the people with information and support, and to help, any potential protection and other needs, and of course to promote access to asylum process for those who may need it,” Throssell told reporters.
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