• Short Summary

    A total of 1,267 Poles detained under martial law, have been freed from Poland since last September through a clandestine operation by the Geneva-based Intergovernmental Committee for Migration.

  • Description

    1.
    GV EXTERIOR Hotel Vitagena in Bad Soden. (2 SHOTS)
    0.13

    2.
    GV INTERIOR Solidarity banner in hotel.
    0.18

    3.
    GV PAN Refugees at lunch. (3 SHOTS)
    0.42

    4.
    GV Frankfurt airport.
    0.45

    5.
    GV Refugees waiting to check in at airport. (4 SHOTS)
    1.05




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    Background: A total of 1,267 Poles detained under martial law, have been freed from Poland since last September through a clandestine operation by the Geneva-based Intergovernmental Committee for Migration. The only conditions applying to the operation re that the refugees must have been detained or imprisoned by the security forces during martial law which banned the independent free trade union, Solidarity. After staying for a short period in a hotel in Bad Soden, a village near Frankfurt, while immigration documents are processed the refugees are flown out to the United States. Ever a week a group leaves Frankfurt for New york, were sponsors have guaranteed them work. Officials say they are half-way through the programme and are hoping to release some 1,000 more refugees before it is completed. since martial law was imposed in December 1981, some 150,000 Poles have left the country, seeking asylum in the West.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2IFAIBFJ1M0C8WV5VIMWM37O
    Media URN:
    VLVA2IFAIBFJ1M0C8WV5VIMWM37O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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