PAKISTAN / AFGHAN REFUGEES SMART ID CARDS

15-Apr-2021 00:05:25
Pakistan launched a drive on Thursday to issue smart identity cards to some 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees, in what will be a vast national campaign to verify data and improve access to critical services. UNHCR
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STORY: PAKISTAN / AFGHAN REFUGEES SMART ID CARDS
TRT: 05:25
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 31 MARCH 2021, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / JULY 2019, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN /
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12 JULY 2019, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, Afghanistan flag waving in the wind atop Tape-e-Wazir Akbar
2. Close up, Afghan flag fluttering in wind

14 JULY 2019, TARAKHAIL DAAG, PD21 DISTRICT, KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

3. Wide shot, young male students sitting in classroom at UNHCR-built community centre
4. Med shot, student pointing at writing on a chalkboard
5. Close up, writing on the chalkboard
6. Wide shot, classroom scene from the back
7. Wide shot, men working on construction project, building brick wall along road outside school
8. Close up, man stacking bricks
9. Wide shot, classroom in UNHCR-built community centre where midwifery course

31 MARCH 2021, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Indrika Ratwatte, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNHCR:
“Afghan refugees, currently registered at 1.4 million refugees, have benefited from a rather pioneering approach already by Pakistan almost a decade ago when they were first registered with a Proof of Registration card. Today we are having the renewal of this card which embeds very high-tech smart features and a chip, which really is going to not only be an identity document, but also capture a lot of demographics - skills, special needs information - of refugees.”

14 JULY 2019 TARAKHAIL DAAG, PD21 DISTRICT, KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

11. Various shots, drone aerials of PD21 district
12. Wide shot, tents in desert area with two young children outside, and mountains in background
13. Med shot, young boy standing by a tent
14. Med shot, smiling man walks in courtyard holding son in his arms
15. Med shot, three boys looking into camera
16. Med shot, girl walking up rock stairs
17. Close up, man looking out from him shelter

31 MARCH 2021, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Indrika Ratwatte, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNHCR:
“And that, UNHCR and the Government will use to provide better streamlined assistance in Pakistan for these refugees, to look at protection interventions for vulnerable refugees and, very importantly, also, the demographic data and the skill-education data that’s captured through this exercise will assist us to work closely with the Afghan government to enable solutions for refugees in trying to link up skill levels and opportunities for livelihoods, jobs and sustain voluntary repatriation once refugees return to Afghanistan. So, it is multiple impacts here.”

16 JULY 2019 TARAKHAIL DAAG, PD21 DISTRICT, KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

19. Wide shot, Kabul city
20. Wide shot, man with his children, seated in a circle and laughing
21. Close up, two girls smiling
22. Tilt-up from smiling young girl to father

14 JULY 2019, AKA KHAIL AREA, QARABAGH DISTRICT, KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

23. Wide shot, children seated under a tree in makeshift classroom in mulberry orchard, raising hands to be called upon by teacher
24. Med shot, young boy sitting on the ground, writing notes during class
25. Med shot, teacher writing on a whiteboard, with students in foreground
26. Wide shot, group of students, girls in front, listening to their teacher

31 MARCH 2021, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

27. SOUNDBITE (English) Indrika Ratwatte, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNHCR:
“Afghan refugees in Pakistan, almost 70 percent of whom are youth, are the human capital of the future of Afghanistan. Their knowledge, their skills, the investment therein, is an investment in Afghanistan and, while they remain in Pakistan, enable them to contribute to Pakistan, to its economy and host communities.”

UNDATED, AFGHANISTAN

28. Various shots, Afghan refugees
STORYLINE
Pakistan launched a drive on Thursday to issue smart identity cards to some 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees, in what will be a vast national campaign to verify data and improve access to critical services.

The last large-scale verification of refugees in the country was undertaken 10 years ago.

The exercise will boost Pakistan’s efforts, with UNHCR’s support, to enhance protection for refugees. Officially known as the documentation renewal and information verification exercise (DRIVE), the campaign will continue for at least six months, renewing and updating information on Afghan refugees who currently hold Proof of Registration (PoR) cards.

Registered refugees will be issued new smartcards with the capacity to hold biometric data. These cards, which will be valid for two years, will also be technologically compatible with systems used in Pakistan to authenticate the identities of nationals to access services.

Six hundred staff – a combination of government and UNHCR – will be working at some 35 sites around the country, and using mobile registration vehicles, to support refugees throughout the process, expected to take at least six months. Both male and female staff will be on hand to assist.

Measures are in place at all DRIVE sites to mitigate COVID-19 risks through enhanced hygiene, physical distancing, and the scheduling of set numbers of appointments each day.

More detailed information about Afghan refugees’ educational and professional backgrounds will allow for better tailored refugee assistance in Pakistan as well as enhanced support for those who may in the future return voluntarily to Afghanistan.

DRIVE is part of a wider effort to assist displaced Afghans, through the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR).

UNHCR is seeking US$7 million in 2021 to fund information campaigns about the new ID cards, call centre support, the DRIVE verification sites, as well as software development, smartcard and ICT equipment and staff training.
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