UN / GRANDI REFUGEES

09-Apr-2019 00:02:47
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, told the Security Council that most of the nearly 70 million displaced are fleeing conflict, and “if conflicts were prevented or resolved, most refugee flows would disappear.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GRANDI REFUGEES
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DATELINE: 09 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

09 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Of the nearly 70 million people that are displaced or refugees, most of them are fleeing conflict. If conflicts were prevented or resolved, most refugee flows would disappear.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Libya is somehow indicative of the challenges that we face in many conflicts, Yemen, that you discuss so frequently; Insecurity, coupled with access issues by our personnel, and relatively few resources. So, most urgent on Libya is your unified action to end the current military escalation.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The Global Compact provides a blueprint for better responses; a blueprint that is not only humanitarian but goes beyond to the medium and long term, and a type of response that is key, not only from the humanitarian point of view, but also – and this is your perspective – for the stability of entire regions, and hence directly is of your concern.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. Wide shot, Grandi walks up to press stakeout podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I have never seen in my career so much toxic language in respect to refugees and migrants. Many politicians believe that - and I think they are proven right – that doing this expands their consensus. And I think it is very not right and unfair to these people that are fleeing because they seek safety from war, from persecution, and even if they are migrants, they seek better opportunities. That needs to be dealt with, but you know, they are not at fault. It’s very wrong to use them as pawns in a political game.”
11. Med shot, Grandi at the podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“The situation in Central America is a situation of economic deprivation, which is likely to generate economic migration. But it is also – I visited there – it is also a situation of extreme violence; by gangs, lack of law and order, abuses, rape, forced recruitment of children, you know, all the most abusive things that you can think of are happening there, so that people that are fleeing from that situation, in my world are refugees.”
13. Pan right Grandi walks away
STORYLINE
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, today (9 Apr) told the Security Council that most of the nearly 70 million displaced are fleeing conflict, and “if conflicts were prevented or resolved, most refugee flows would disappear.”

Grandi said Libya is “somehow indicative of the challenges that we face in many conflicts,” including “insecurity, coupled with access issues by our personnel, and relatively few resources.”

He told Council members, “most urgent on Libya is your unified action to end the current military escalation.”

Grandi said the Global Compact for Refugees “provides a blueprint for better responses; a blueprint that is not only humanitarian but goes beyond to the medium and long term, and a type of response that is key, not only from the humanitarian point of view, but also – and this is your perspective – for the stability of entire regions, and hence directly is of your concern.”

Speaking to reporters outside the Council, the High Commissioner said “I have never seen in my career so much toxic language in respect to refugees and migrants. Many politicians believe that - and I think they are proven right – that doing this expands their consensus. And I think it is very not right and unfair to these people that are fleeing because they seek safety from war, from persecution, and even if they are migrants, they seek better opportunities. That needs to be dealt with, but you know, they are not at fault. It’s very wrong to use them as pawns in a political game.”

Asked about the situation of people requesting asylum at the southern border of the United States, he said, “the situation in Central America is a situation of economic deprivation, which is likely to generate economic migration. But it is also – I visited there – it is also a situation of extreme violence; by gangs, lack of law and order, abuses, rape, forced recruitment of children, you know, all the most abusive things that you can think of are happening there, so that people that are fleeing from that situation, in my world are refugees.”

Today’s briefing took place at the request of Germany, the Council President for April.
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