As refugees continue to pour out of Vietnam, the rest of the world faces problem of permanently re-housing them, often in countries miles from their homes and often with a vastly different culture to their own.
GV Refugee transit camp in Jakarta with children playing outside. (2 SHOTS)
CU INTERIOR Handicapped man sitting on bed.
CU PAN Refugees with crutches. (2 SHOTS)
CU Sign "Departures" at Airport
GV PAN Refugees in airport lounge - waiting.
CU PAN Woman in wheelchair.
CU Baggage piled up. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowded airport lounge.
CU "Swiss Air" sign.
CU PAN Man in wheelchair holding child being wheeled into departure lounge.
SV PAN Man on crutches.
SV Refugees passing on to tarmac to board plane.
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Background: As refugees continue to pour out of Vietnam, the rest of the world faces problem of permanently re-housing them, often in countries miles from their homes and often with a vastly different culture to their own. One of the most recent resettlement flights was from Indonesia to Switzerland.
SYNOPSIS: Indonesia's refugee camps are among the best in South-East Asia. Morale is high and resettlement authorities re-house one thousand people each month. Among these refugees are the disabled, and they too are being resettled in new homelands.
This flight to Switzerland carried 77 refugees. Of these, 15 were officially handicapped, either physically or mentally. The Swiss have traditionally been careful about the refugees they welcome. Foreigners with carefully vetted political beliefs or the possibility of contributing to the Swiss economy have been accepted, in the past.
Switzerland will provide a vast contrast to the life and climate of Asia, but the disabled in this group were travelling with family members, who will provide the support they will need during their re-settlement. By the end of July, approximately 860 refugees will have boarded planes destined for new homes in Switzerland.