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More than 1,500 Venezuelan immigrants crossed the Darien Gap in 2021

Darion Daphne of Venezuela
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Further 1,500 Venezuelan immigrants Darion crossed the line, which was dangerous Forest area Located between Colombia and Panama, between January and September 2021.

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, political scientist and director of social content for the Organization of American States (OAS), pointed out that this figure represents. 2,000% increase Compared to the figures for 2017, it was announced that year 76 Immigrants only The Venezuelan people have crossed the Darian Gorge, the most dangerous migration route in Latin America.

“It simply came to our notice then They want to overcome all of these risks They have to be where they are, “he said in an interview with the show Hello D VPI TV.

The expert pointed out that migration on the continent is a constant. However, there has been a significant increase in the number of recent migrants, with significant domestic migration figures. “For example, 6 million Venezuelans forced to flee 80% of them are immigrants from Latin American countries.

Muñoz-Pogossian explained that Venezuela is facing Many vulnerabilities And the possibility of being victimized by violence. “Women face a lot of violence because they are women and because of the hotspots, there is a lot of violence. For example, there is violence through guerrillas or organized crime in the Darian space. We know that 70% of them are women or children,” he said.

In addition, immigrants face Natural Disasters Is in areas like river rise due to rainfall. “We know how difficult it is to trek in the middle of the jungle,” said the political scientist.

And he concluded: “The scene is very disturbing and we know they are people Not protected from a humanitarian point of view. In the case of Darion Cape, the Panamanian government has relocated aid and immigration care centers. But, unfortunately, these are people who aim to continue walking towards the United States.

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