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$1.72 billion plan launched to assist Venezuelans moving in Latin America and the Caribbean


Co-led by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V), to meet the needs of millions of people who cannot afford three meals a day; lack of safe and decent housing; face barriers to accessing medical care; or unable to work to support themselves and their families.

“The refugees and migrants from Venezuela cannot be forgotten,” said Eduardo Stein, General Special Representative of Venezuela. UNHCR and IOM for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

‘Their most pressing challenges’

In addition to social welfare programs, the funding sought will complement and support the efforts of host governments, while promoting socioeconomic integration through access to employment, education and training. and endeavor to provide adequate protection for refugees.

By providing the effective integration and necessary financial stability, the Venezuelan people will be able to contribute to the development of the countries that have welcomed them generously.

Mr. Stein continued: “They aspire to contribute to the host community with their knowledge, skills and creativity, and they have been doing so, but they need our support to do so. overcome their most pressing challenges”.

Venezuelans on the move

In search of safety and stability, more than seven million refugees and migrants from Venezuela have left their countries – nearly six million of whom are living in 17 countries across the LAC.

Instability, difficulty in accessing basic services, xenophobia, discrimination and lack of documentation have forced tens of thousands of people to continue on dangerous journeys – including traverse the perilous Darien Gap or cross the Andes between Bolivia and Chile

Acknowledging that the legalization efforts of many countries across the LAC were “an important gesture of solidarity” for Venezuelans on the move, the UN official pointed out that unemployment is high, wages are low. and the cost of living escalated due to COVID-19 “has made it difficult for many refugees and migrants to rebuild their lives in their host communities.”

“Many people have seen their lives come to a standstill and millions are struggling to feed their families or find opportunities to rebuild their lives,” he explained.

Pushed to the edge

Meanwhile, the worsening global economy and recession have turned the world’s attention elsewhere.

So far, only a quarter of the money needed has been received this year – forcing lifesaving programs across the region to scale back and pushing many Venezuelans to the brink.

In an effort to strengthen the bridge between immediate attention to protection and humanitarian needs with medium- and long-term integration, the plan has, for the first time, set out a two-year span.

Coordination of reactions

The 17 countries participating in the plan are Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.

This year, R4V provided a framework for a coordinated operational response to 228 partner organizations, including United Nations agencies, national and international NGOs, community organizations refugees and migrants, among other organisations.

Venezuelan migrants stranded in Panama City receive food aid.

Venezuelan migrants stranded in Panama City receive food aid.

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