UNHCR / GRANDI GLOBAL TRENDS

19-Jun-2019 00:03:28
UN High Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said political solutions to conflicts are difficult because “the world has become very divided and unable to make peace” after his agency released a report revealing that a record 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2018. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GRANDI GLOBAL TRENDS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2019, BERLIN, GERMANY / FILE
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19 JUNE 2019, BERLIN, GERMANY

1. Wide shot, Grandi at press conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We tend to think of the one big refugee crisis affecting the rich world. This is the perception that many people have. And it is wrong. The statistics tell us another story – that it is very often, unfortunately, a crisis of the poor. The refugees are poor, and the communities hosting are poor, and they are the ones that are most impacted by the situation.”
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We continue to live in a world in which making peace is very difficult. One key factor pushing people out of their homes is conflict, is crisis, all of which require political solutions. And those political solutions are difficult because the world has become very divided and unable to make peace.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“This arrival of people in need, in distress, is presented always – often, I should say, not always - as an invasion, as a threat to our security, to our economy, to our values. Many politicians have understood that to present it in this manner allows them to gain a lot of consensus, and a lot of votes in the elections.”
7. Close up, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“In this globalized world, if the problem remains, it is a problem for us all. So: rejection, pushing back, building walls, does not solve the problem of global forced displacement.”

MARCH 2018, AL HAMOURIYA CROSSING, SYRIA

9. Wide shot, Displaced Syrians on the move from Eastern Ghouta at the

AUGUST 2017, ITALY

10. Med shot, Italian coast guard rescuing refugees from a merchant ship
11. Med shot, mother and child sleeping on board of the Italian Coast Guard ship

MALAGA, SPAIN, 23-24 JANUARY 2019

12. Wide shot, asylum seeker from Mali, looking out to sea
13. Med shots, wrecked boat

DECEMBER 2017, BANGLADESH

14. Wide shot, Rohingya refugees carrying bags walking in the middle of fields, Bangladesh

APRIL 2019, ADAGOM SETTLEMENT, NIGERIA

15. Wide shot, displaced people standing at a water point
16. Med shot, mother and child standing by tent
17. Close up, displaced child holding a water tap

FEBRUARY 2018, BANGLADESH

18. Aerial shot, landscape

APRIL 2019, CUCUTA, COLOMBIA

19. Aerial shot, people exiting and re-entering Venezuela via makeshift bridges near Simon Bolivar Bridge

FEBRUARY 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

20. Various shots, refugees in Chakmarkul Camp

JUNE 2019, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

21. Med shot, girl standing in street

MARCH 2018, NOVOTROITSKE, UKRAINE

22. Med shot, internally displaced persons checked by Ukrainian soldiers
23. Med shot, elderly internally displaced Ukrainians entering bus

JUNE 2018, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

24. Wide shot, Rohingya child under umbrella

JUNE 2019, RUMICHACA, ECUADOR

25. Close up, young girl sleeping on her backpack

FEBRUARY 2018, SEBAGORO, UGANDA

26. Med shot, refugees disembarking from fishing boats
27. Close up, refugees in fishing boat arriving at Sebagoro

JANUARY 2019, ARSAL, LEBANON

28. Wide shot, old man walking as the snow blows

FEBRUARY 2018, ROME, ITALY

29. Various shots, refugees arriving at airport

APRIL 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

30. Wide shot, mother and children emotionally meet after being separated

FEBRUARY 2019, DUNSHAUGHLIN, IRELAND

31. Med shot, Fiona Finn, CEO, Nasc Ireland, greeting Fakir family, Syrian family

JUNE 2017, BIDIBIDI REFUGEE CAMP, UGANDA

32. Wide shots, refugee child with books walking to school at dawn
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said political solutions to conflicts are difficult because “the world has become very divided and unable to make peace” after his agency released a report revealing that a record 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2018.

UNHCR said the number is the highest in 70 years. It is twice as many people as 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than the previous year, and is greater than the population of Thailand.

UNHCR said the figure of 70.8 million is conservative, in particular as the crisis in Venezuela is still only partly reflected in this number. In all, some 4 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015 making this among the world’s biggest recent displacement crises. Although the majority need international refugee protection, as of today only around half a million have taken the step of formally applying for asylum.

Speaking to reporters in Berlin today (19 Jun) Grandi said people tend to think that refugee crisis as one that is “affecting the rich world” adding that “the statistics tell us another story.” He said very often, “refugees are poor, and the communities hosting are poor, and they are the ones that are most impacted by the situation.”

Grandi said the arrival of people in need and in distress is often presented “as an invasion, as a threat to our security, to our economy, to our values.” He noted that many politicians have understood that to present it in this manner “allows them to gain a lot of consensus, and a lot of votes in the elections.”

He stressed that in this globalized world, “if the problem remains, it is a problem for us all. So: rejection, pushing back, building walls, does not solve the problem of global forced displacement.”

Grandi stressed that while language around refugees and migrants is often divisive, not all is bleak. He noted an outpouring of generosity and solidarity, especially by communities who are themselves hosting large numbers of refugees.

He added that there has been an unprecedented engagement by new actors including development actors, private businesses, and individuals, which not only reflects but also delivers the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees.

Approved by the UN General Assembly in December, the Global Compact seeks a more equitable sharing of responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees, about 80 percent of whom live in countries neighbouring their place of origin.

The annual ‘Global Trends’ report found that two-thirds of all refugees still come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia.

UNHCR said big displacements across international borders are not as common as the 70.8 million global total implies. Almost two thirds of those uprooted from their homes are internally displaced people, or IDPs, who have not left their homelands. Of the 25.9 million refugees, nearly one in five are Palestinians under the care of UNRWA.

The report added that even as numbers of refugees and asylum seekers increase, the opportunities to find them a permanent home in another country are in dramatically short supply. UNHCR said 1.4 million people needed to be resettled in 2018, but only 92,000 were.
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