UNHCR / GRANDI REFUGEES GLOBAL TRENDS

17-Jun-2020 00:03:03
Discussing the findings in UNHCR’s flagship annual report, Global Trends in Forced Displacement, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed “great concern” for the almost 80 million displaced persons around the world, “the highest that the UNHCR has recorded since these statistics have been systematically collected.” UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / GRANDI REFUGEED GLOBAL TRENDS
TRT: 03:03
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 JUNE 2020, SWITZERLAND, GENEVA
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1. Wide shot, conference room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“This almost 80 million figure the highest that the UNHCR has recorded since these statistics have been systematically collected, is, of course, a reason for great concern. This is, by the way, approximately one percent of the world's population. We've never reached this very significant percentage.”
3. Med shot, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“68 percent of all these people are from five countries, have five nationalities. Only five. Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. You know what this means. If crisis in these countries were solved, 68 percent of the global forced displacement would probably be on its way to being solved.”
5. Tilt up, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Other issues of concern related to the pandemic is the closing of the borders. 164 countries have either closed totally or partially their borders. And in various ways, this has affected, also, the quest for asylum. The impact on livelihoods -- I don't need to tell you, you know, that I've spoken about this a lot -- if we don't have yet a health emergency among refugees, perhaps we certainly have an emergency of livelihoods.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Has COVID itself created movement? That is early to say, in my opinion, but I am very worried. And we've said it to a lot of different governments that have asked us this question, the livelihood crisis - I don't know if that term is clear - the poverty, the increased poverty of these populations, in my opinion, coupled with lack of solutions, perpetuation of conflict and, in situations like the Sahel, deterioration of security, in my opinion, there's no doubt that it will increase population movements in the regions, but also beyond, towards Europe, for example.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It has slowed down. It has been more complicated than before. But the granting of refuge -- let's put it that way -- has continued in these countries in spite of the coronavirus. Of course, if the situation deteriorates further, it will be an additional burden. So, I am worried that this, in the end, may prevent asylum from being fully granted to people that seek it, because, as I said many times call it, has stopped many of the things that we're doing. But certainly, it doesn't seem to have stopped wars.”
11. Close up, photographer
STORYLINE
High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today (17 Jun) expressed “great concern” for the almost 80 million displaced persons around the world, “the highest that the UNHCR has recorded since these statistics have been systematically collected.”

Discussing the findings in UNHCR’s flagship annual report, Global Trends in Forced Displacement, Grandi said this figure represents “approximately one percent of the world's population.”

On the findings of the report, Grandi said, “68 percent of all these people are from five countries, have five nationalities. Only five. Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar,” and added that “if crisis in these countries were solved, 68 percent of the global forced displacement would probably be on its way to being solved.”

On the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on forcibly displaced populations, the High Commissioner noted that 164 countries have either closed totally or partially their borders. He said, “if we don't have yet a health emergency among refugees, perhaps we certainly have an emergency of livelihoods.”

He explained that due to the COVID-19 crisis, “the poverty, the increased poverty of these populations, in my opinion, coupled with lack of solutions, perpetuation of conflict and, in situations like the Sahel, deterioration of security, in my opinion, there's no doubt that it will increase population movements in the regions, but also beyond, towards Europe, for example.”

Grandi said, “if the situation deteriorates further, it will be an additional burden. So, I am worried that this, in the end, may prevent asylum from being fully granted to people that seek it, because, as I said many times call it, has stopped many of the things that we're doing. But certainly, it doesn't seem to have stopped wars.”

The report details the figures in the numbers of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people as of end 2019.
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