UN / REFUGEES MIGRANTS

30-Jan-2019 00:02:28
According to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) released today, while there has been a decline in the number of new refugee and migrant arrivals into Europe, “there has been a sharp increase in the number of deaths at sea.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UNHCR REFUGEES MIGRANTS
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 30 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

30 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head, Global Communications Desk, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New York:
“This year the report shows us that there has been a decline in the number of those arriving. However, at the same time there has been a sharp increase in the number of deaths at sea. It’s more an indication of the fact it’s getting more and more difficult for people to flee and find safe access to asylum rather than the fact that there are fewer problems that people are fleeing from.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head, Global Communications Desk, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New York:
“The country of arrivals in Europe has changed so that rather than Italy and Greece being the highest number of arrivals per boatload, it’s actually changed to Spain. And what we are seeing it’s not only more arrivals buy sea but also by land into Spain. And what we are also seeing is a very high frequency of unaccompanied or separated children. So, of the arrivals to Spain, about 5,500 were children travelling on their own.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head, Global Communications Desk, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New York:
“In addition to the need for safe passage, the need for boosted rescue and sea services, we really underline to the EU the need for regional and coordinated mechanisms for processing of asylum seekers, as well as a fair and shared responsibility of caring for those who are fleeing violence and prosecution.”
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100. SOUNDBITE (English) Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head, Global Communications Desk, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New York:
“Globally, I would say, we are seeing very much a situation of reluctance on the part of host countries to allow the spaces, to allow this sharing of responsibility. And the High Commissioner noted just this morning that it really is not a luxury to be able to offer asylum or not. It is a right that is fundamentally allowed to any asylum seeker to be able to apply for asylum and find safety.”
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STORYLINE
According to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) released today (30 Jan), while there has been a decline in the number of new refugee and migrant arrivals into Europe, “there has been a sharp increase in the number of deaths at sea.”

Speaking to reporter in New York, UNHCR’s Head of Global Communications in New York, Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, said “it’s more an indication of the fact it’s getting more and more difficult for people to flee and find safe access to asylum rather than the fact that there are fewer problems that people are fleeing from.”

Joung-ah noted that Spain has replaced Italy and Greece as the country reporting the highest number of arrivals.

She said, “what we are seeing it’s not only more arrivals buy sea but also by land into Spain. And what we are also seeing is a very high frequency of unaccompanied or separated children. So, of the arrivals to Spain, about 5,500 were children travelling on their own.”

The UNHCR official said that in addition to the need for safe passage and the need for boosted rescue at sea services, “we really underline to the EU the need for regional and coordinated mechanisms for processing of asylum seekers, as well as a fair and shared responsibility of caring for those who are fleeing violence and prosecution.”

Globally, she said, “we are seeing very much a situation of reluctance on the part of host countries to allow the spaces, to allow this sharing of responsibility.”

She stressed that “it is a right that is fundamentally allowed to any asylum seeker to be able to apply for asylum and find safety.”

According to the report, “Desperate Journeys: Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe and at Europe's borders,” refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives at an alarming rate in 2018, as cuts in search and rescue operations reinforced its position as the world’s deadliest sea crossing.

The report indicates that six lives were lost on average every day.

An estimated 2,275 died or went missing crossing the Mediterranean in 2018, despite a major drop in the number of arrivals reaching European shores. In total, 139,300 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe, the lowest number in five years.
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