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  • Death threats and disease drive more Venezuelans to flee

    news UNHCR News, 21 May 2019 (2 years ago )
    Given the deteriorating circumstances, UNHCR today issued updated guidance, calling on countries to allow Venezuelans access to their territory and highlighting the critical importance of ensuring access to asylum procedures for those forced to run for their lives. The note also recommends countries...
  • Majority fleeing Venezuela in need of refugee protection – UNHCR

    news UNHCR News, 21 May 2019 (2 years ago )
    Given the worsening political, economic, human rights and humanitarian situation in Venezuela that to date has seen 3.7 million people leave, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, now considers that the majority of those fleeing the country are in need of international refugee protection. In an updated g...
  • Venezuelans on the run find respite in Ecuador hostel

    news UNHCR News, 06 May 2019 (2 years ago )
    Carmen, 48, has spent most of her life selling fruit, but a dozen years ago she opened a hostel as another small source of income. At first, it was a convenient stop for tourists. Since the beginning of 2018, however, most of the guests are not travelling for fun, nor do they pay for their stay – th...
  • Fears for Venezuelans missing in Caribbean shipwreck

    news UNHCR News, 26 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned about the fate of at least 21 Venezuelans missing after their boat sank this week en route from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago. This tragic incident highlights the extreme risks of sea journeys and other irregular cross-border movements undertak...
  • Venezuelans living on the streets find security in a new reception center in Colombia

    news UNHCR News, 15 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    Thousands of families from Venezuela who arrive in Maicao, Colombia do so with very little means to survive, if they have any means at all. Many of them have lived in streets, parking lots, public spaces or makeshift tents for several months, since shelter capacity in the city is very limited. Wi...
  • Venezuelans living in the streets find safety at new reception centre in Colombia

    news UNHCR News, 15 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    With a population of around 100,000, Maicao currently hosts 30,000 refugees and migrants. An assessment conducted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in February revealed that half of the 3,500 Venezuelans interviewed were living in the streets or in informal settlements in and around the city. Refu...
  • Joint UNHCR-IOM Press Release: Third International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Americas

    news UNHCR News, 11 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    The Third International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Americas (Quito III) concluded today, with a declaration that highlights the importance of coordination, communication and articulation among host countries and the importance of international cooperation. “Int...
  • Venezuelans risk life and limb to seek help in Colombia

    news UNHCR News, 05 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    With the international border bridge that connects Colombia with Venezuela currently shut, Venezuelans seeking urgent help are being forced to cross into Colombia through the torrential waters of a border river in full spate. At a communal kitchen supported by UNCHR and run by the local Catholic Chu...
  • Swollen rivers, mass crowding, add to risks at Venezuela borders

    news UNHCR News, 05 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    Despite Venezuela having officially closed its land borders with neighbouring Colombia and Brazil as of 23 February, thousands of people are still leaving the country daily. Many are risking their lives in the process, either wading across torrential rivers or risking exploitation and abuse by ar...
  • Authorities from South American countries together with UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF and the IPPDH addressed challenges for the protection of migrant ...

    news UNHCR News, 03 Apr 2019 (2 years ago )
    During a High Level Technical Meeting on March 27 and 28 in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) , the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), together with the Institute of Public Policies...