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TV – “Refugees, a market under the influence”

TV – “Refugees, a market under the influence”

Our choice of the evening. Nicolas Autheman and Delphine Prunault were interested in companies that thrive in the field of humanitarian aid (on France 5 at 23:30).
The world | 17.12.2017 at 18:30 • Updated 17.12.2017 at 20:37 | By Mathieu Ait Lachkar

Documentary on la France 5 to 23 h 30

“We are here to make of business » , confides, face camera and without qualms, the associate director of a Breton company with the overflowing commercial appetite. This SME is at the origin of the 180 containers of white metal built for to welcome the 1,500 refugees from the “jungle” of Calais , before it was dismantled, in October 2016. The operation brought him nearly 3 million euros, or a third of its turnover. In addition to profitability, the experience of Calais has served as a showcase for the company, which now wants to contribute large-scale projects, such as Zaatari’s, in Jordan .
It is this camp, presented as the second largest in world with 80,000 refugees, that Nicolas Autheman and Delphine Prunault make us discover . Launched in 2012, since 2014, it is the symbol of a industry of the’ help estimated at more than 20 billion euros, according to the two journalists. To illustrate On the scale, they attended the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.
12 million people
There, on the sidelines of the event, several exhibitors from the private sector as well as NGOs offered all kinds of services for reply the needs of the 12 million people living in camps. This ranges from the simple self-charging lamp to “turnkey” delivered centers. Because if the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has the habit of taking care of the camps, it happens to subcontract its activities to business private. A growing privatization that directors point to.
In Zaatari for example, faced with the lack of resources for satisfied the needs of refugees, the World Food Program, a UN-dependent agency, decided to replace parcels of food that he usually distributes through two supermarkets which he has entrusted to private groups.
Behind the representation of refugee camps as a place of suffering, the documentary goes further and demonstrates, sometimes in a rather hazy way, how, from an emergency solution, they have become a sustainable and lucrative system, where international organizations as the states find their account.
Refugees, a market under the influence , by Nicolas Autheman and Delphine Prunault (Fr., 2017, 70 min).