Greater support needed’ for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, says UN


Hundreds of Venezuelans queue at the Binational Border Assistance Center (CEBAF) waiting to enter Peru through the Ecuadorian border. The queues can take up to ten hours to clear and some people are forced to stay the night. UNHCR/Sebastian Castañeda

GENEVA, Switzerland — As hundreds of Venezuelans continue to pour into neighbouring countries due to social and political upheaval at home, the heads of the United Nations refugee and migration agencies called for greater international support to meet the most basic needs of the displaced.

As of June, there were about 2.3 million Venezuelans living abroad. Nine out of ten have sought refuge in countries within Latin America, especially Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. The trends are accelerating with a total of about 2,700…

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