Wednesday 23 October 2019

Venezuela Exodus will likely be more than 5 million people

The exodus or departure of Venezuelans will likely reach 5 million people. Pressure is growing on neighboring countries to provide them with long-term support.

About 4.5 million refugees and migrants have fled Venezuela since 2015. More could be using illegal crossing points because they lack identity papers. An estimated 5,000 people leave Venezuela daily.

This is a very serious and fastest-growing refugee migrant crisis in Latin American history.

Colombia is the top destination for Venezuelan migrants fleeing the long-running crisis, which has caused widespread shortages of food and medicine. Some 1.4 million Venezuelans live in Colombia.

The flow is overwhelming the financial capacities of host countries to provide services.
9 receiving countries have agreed to accept expired (Venezuelan) passports as valid documents. With an expired passport people can get a temporary permit sometimes for two years.

The socioeconomic and political crisis is marked by hyperinflation, escalating starvation, disease, crime and mortality rates, resulting in massive emigration from the country.

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