Venezuelan diaspora heading toward regional 'humanitarian crisis'

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Poverty, hunger and violence are making Venezuelans leave their families home, to go anywhere their outlook of life is not as bleak. (Panamericana TV, video in Spanish)

The economic, political and social crisis Venezuela has been experiencing for years is causing hundreds of thousands of citizens to flee Nicolás Maduro’s regime every day, seeking a better life in a country that is not as plagued by corruption, violence and poverty.

Ecuador has been restricting the entry of Venezuelans due to the arrival of some 4,000 a day, and is demanding a passport to cross the border since August 19th. (BBC)

Peru closed its border to Venezuelan migrants without a passport from August 25th, although thousands of them managed to enter at the last moment thanks to a humanitarian corridor prepared by Ecuador. The country has started receiving asylum requests. (BBC)

Every day 5000 people leave Venezuela, but it was not always like that. For decades, Venezuela was a stable importer of people, attracting Europeans with lucrative oil jobs after World War II — a generation ago, it was still the richest country in Latin America. (CNN)

Conversely, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN refugee agency UNHCR also called on Latin American countries to ease entry for Venezuelans — more than 1.6 million of whom have left since 2015.

IOM spokesman Joel Millman said: “This is building to a crisis moment that we’ve seen in other parts of the world, particularly in the Mediterranean.” (United Nations’ Twitter video)

“We recognize the growing challenges associated with the large-scale arrival of Venezuelans. It remains critical that any new measures continue to allow those in need of international protection to access safety and seek asylum,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. (Deutsche Welle)

Meanwhile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador have agreed to discuss measures to improve the migration crisis in a meeting that will take place in Quito on September 17 and 18, with the aim of providing joint responses to the problem among all the countries of the region. (Voice of America, in Spanish)


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