SPAIN / REFUGEES MIGRANTS ROUTE

29-Jan-2019 00:03:00
According to a new report by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Spain became the main route for refugees and migrants to seek entry to Europe in 2018, and the death toll for people crossing the Western Mediterranean to reach the country has increased four-fold in a year. UNHCR
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STORY: SPAIN / REFUGEES MIGRANTS ROUTE
TRT: 03:00
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 22-25 JANUARY 2019, MELILLA / TARIFA / BARBATE / MALAGA, SPAIN / FILE
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22-25 JANUARY 2019, MALAGA, SPAIN

1. Wide shot, Hamidou walking along the beach
2. Close up, waves on shore
3. Med shot, Hamidou looking out sea
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Hamidou, Asylum Seeker from Mali:
“There were women and children on the boat. They were crying. Many others were crying but as well we had no choice. We were obliged to stay in the sea in that condition. It wasn’t easy, we were so exhausted.”

FILE - UNDATED, OFF LIBYAN COAST

4. Various shots, refugees and rescued in Mediterranean Sea

22-25 JANUARY 2019, MALAGA, SPAIN

5. Various shots, waves

22-25 JANUARY 2019, BARBATE, SPAIN

6. Med shot, rack focus from flower to memorial plaque of unnamed victims of those died at sea
7. Wide shot, Barbate cemetery
8. Tilt up, memorial plaque to show photo of young boy who lost his life at sea

22-25 JANUARY 2019, MALAGA, SPAIN

9. Various shots, newly arrived asylum seekers talking to UNHCR staff
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rocío González Bernal, Senior Protection Assistant, UNHCR:
“As UNHCR team on the ground, we are seeing the arrival of people who have gone through desperate journeys in order to find a safe haven. Because we must not forget that these people are fleeing violence, war, conflict and persecution. And that nobody will leave home unless there is a great danger behind them.”

22-25 JANUARY 2019, TARIFA, SPAIN

11. Various shots, wrecked wooden boats on the shore
12. Wide shot, rough sea

22-25 JANUARY 2019, MELILLA, SPAIN

13. Wide shot, fence between Melilla and Morocco
14. Wide shot, people walking by the fence

22-25 JANUARY 2019, MALAGA, SPAIN

15. SOUNDBITE (French) Hamidou, Asylum Seeker from Mali:
“If someone asked me to take that route, I would advise them not to do it, because it is not easy to make that journey. I saw so many things during that route. I've suffered a lot; my life was in danger.”

22-25 JANUARY 2019, BARBATE, SPAIN

15. Various shots wrecked wooden boats piled up

22-25 JANUARY 2019, MALAGA, SPAIN

15. SOUNDBITE (French) Hamidou, Asylum Seeker from Mali:
“But now, thanks to God, I’m beginning to find a new life here.”
16. Wide shot, Hamidou walking along the beach

22-25 JANUARY 2019, TARIFA, SPAIN

17, Aerial shot, from sea to wrecked wooden boat
STORYLINE
According to a new report by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Spain became the main route for refugees and migrants to seek entry to Europe in 2018, and the death toll for people crossing the Western Mediterranean to reach the country has increased four-fold in a year.

Hamidou’s search for safety took two years as he made a perilous trip from home in Mali to southern Spain, where he now seeks asylum.

Hamidou was just 20 years old when he was forced to flee violence and threats in his home country.

His journey took him across Niger, Algeria and Morocco. During this time, he was beaten, robbed and forced to work for free. When he finally reached the shores of northern Morocco, Hamidou spent weeks hiding in the forest in Nador, until he was able to board a boat for Spain. Once again, he put his life in risk, crossing the deadly sea passage in a small rubber Zodiac boat.

According to the report, “Desperate Journeys: Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe and at Europe's borders,” changes in movement patterns and new restrictions have converted Spain into the main route for refugees and migrants into Europe.

They arrive by sea, as well as overland via the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Many of those arriving were victims of ethnic violence, trafficking, as well as those fleeing poverty – and including many children and minors travelling without parents or family.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rocío González Bernal, Senior Protection Assistant, UNHCR:
“As UNHCR team on the ground, we are seeing the arrival of people who have gone through desperate journeys in order to find a safe haven. Because we must not forget that these people are fleeing violence, war, conflict and persecution. And that nobody will leave home unless there is a great danger behind them.”

After two days at sea in a plastic Zodiac boat, crammed with over 40 people including women and children, Hamidou was eventually rescued by Spanish coastguards.

SOUNDBITE (French) Hamidou, Asylum Seeker from Mali:
“If someone asked me to take that route, I would advise them not to do it, because it is not easy to make that journey. I saw so many things during that route. I've suffered a lot; my life was in danger.”

He is now living in a reception centre in the coastal city of Malaga, in southern Spain, and waiting to find out if he will be granted asylum.

SOUNDBITE (French) Hamidou, Asylum Seeker from Mali:
“But now, thanks to God, I’m beginning to find a new life here.”

But without enough legal pathways to safety, many will continue to take dangerous journeys.
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