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UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration called for more global support for Venezuelan migrants

UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration called for more global support for Venezuelan migrants
Venezuelan immigrant Jose Alberto Arteaga and his wife carry their eight-month-old daughter as they make their way to the U.S. border with other migrants near San Pedro Tabanatepec, Mexico (REUTERS/Jose de Jesús Cortés/File)

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) stressed on Tuesday. Increased global community support for Venezuelan migrants and refugeesAhead of a solidarity conference with these groups this week in Brussels.

United Nations agencies have recalled it in recent years Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans have fled their country About 6 million of them are welcomed in Latin America and the Caribbean because of the crisis.

Collaboration”They continue to suffer in meeting their basic needs including food, health, education and housing”, the agencies highlighted in a statement, where they also stressed that inflation, the still ongoing effects of the epidemic and the lack of regulation make them particularly vulnerable.

“Although many initiatives have been launched in that region (this exodus), it has given many of them access to rights and services, The international community must continue to protect these migrants and refugees and invest in the communities that host them”, emphasized UNHCR and IOM.

Colombian immigration officials carry out checks on the bridge connecting the cities of Cúcuta (Colombia) and San Antonio del Táchira (Venezuela) (EFE/Mario Caicedo/File)

The solidarity conference on March 16 and 17 is organized by the European Union, the Government of Canada and two agencies of the United Nations.

The call for more international support comes two days after hundreds of migrants, mostly Venezuelans, tried to force their way across the border between the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez and the US city of El Paso.

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The group managed to reach the United States, although border agents managed to contain it with the help of barbed wire, shields and cement blocks.

(with information from EFE)

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