Reporting on the Venezuelan experience in Argentina


WikiTribune will be reporting on the situation of some of the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have settled in Argentina over the past few years as the Caribbean country grapples with a faltering economy and political insecurity.

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According to official Argentinian migration statistics, at least 50,000 Venezuelans have settled in the country since 2014. In 2017, 31,167 Venezuelans settled in Argentina – a 142 percent increase from the previous year, according to official statistics. Venezuelans are now the third-largest immigrant group in Argentina, behind Paraguayans and Bolivians.

Unlike both other nationalities, most Venezuelans coming to Argentina are applying for temporary rather than permanent residency, according to Argentinian immigration statistics. This suggests they hope to return to their country in the near future. However, Venezuela’s economic and social prospects remain uncertain.

The country’s GDP has halved since 2013, according to Alejandro Werner, Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The world’s highest rate of inflation (Forbes) has wiped out Venezuelans’ purchasing power. The country also remains one of the most most violent in the world, with an estimated 26,616 violent deaths in 2017, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, an NGO that partners with local universities to monitor violence statistics in Venezuela.

WikiTribune reporter George Engels is in Argentina and plans on asking Venezuelans the below questions about their experience trying to settle in the country. Use the edit button to add more suggestions.

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Questions

  1. Why did you leave Venezuela?
  2. When did you leave?
  3. Are you planning on going back? If so, when?
  4. Why did you choose Argentina?
  5. How have you found the country?
  6. Have you had any trouble integrating?
  7. Have Argentinian migration authorities been helpful?
  8. Do you have family and/or friends back in Venezuela?
  9. Do you send money back?
  10. Before coming here, what was your impression of the country? How has that changed since your arrival?
  11. How many Venezuelans have come into Argentina as asylum seekers?

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The are the interviews WikiTribune plans on conducting around the issue. Add more suggestions using the edit button.

Interviews

  1. Diego Morales, director of litigation & legal defense at CELS, an Argentinian human rights organization.
  2. Dirección Nacional de Migración, Argentina’s state migration organization.
  3. Venezuelans living in Argentina – TBD.

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