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Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

26 Sep 2018 description

Sixty-ninth session

1-5 October 2018

Update of UNHCR’s operations in the Americas

A. Situational context including new developments

Venezuela situation

The ongoing political and socio-economic developments in Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) have led to the outflow of at least 2.6 million Venezuelans into neighbouring countries, the Southern Cone and the Caribbean and beyond.

24 Sep 2018 description

Traditionally, the migration dynamic in the Americas has been marked by intra- and extra-regional patterns. In recent years, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has seen changes in its migration processes with an intensification of flows towards traditional destinations as well as new destinations in the region and the world. This report presents information available as of September 2018.

EVOLUTION OF THE VENEZUELAN POPULATION ABROAD

19 Sep 2018 description
report MapAction

In recent years we have begun working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to help prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies in the Caribbean region. We collaborated around the responses to Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and last week’s Tropical Storms.

04 Sep 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Venezuela: Crisis de refugiados exige respuesta regional uniforme

Los gobiernos deberían colaborar para proteger los derechos de los venezolanos que huyen

03 Sep 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Venezuela: Refugee Crisis Requires Concerted Regional Response

Governments Should Collaborate to Protect Rights of Fleeing Venezuelans

18 Jun 2018 description

More than 340.000 Venezuelans have entered Ecuador since the beginning of 2018 (compared to 287,000 arrivals registered for the whole 2017).

In Brazil, 527 Venezuelan nationals had been relocated from border regions to Brazilian cities in the country (Cuiabá, Manaus and São Paulo).

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has risen yearly. Between 2014 and 2018, some 185,783 asylum claims have been lodged.

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01 Jun 2018 description

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has risen yearly since 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, some 170,169 asylum claims have been lodged, over 94,000 in 2017 alone and 4,225 recognized as refugees

The majority of Venezuelans who have left their country have no regular status, and are therefore more vulnerable to any form of exploitation, abuse, violence, trafficking and discrimination.

Thousands continue to legally enter daily in neighbouring countries. It is expected that people will continue to leave in 2018. UNHCR is stepping up its response accordingly.

23 May 2018 description

The economic crisis in Venezuela has led to a deterioration of the humanitarian conditions and increased humanitarian needs. Import restrictions and hyperinflation reduce availability and access to basic goods and services. The economic crisis is exacerbated by a political crisis revolving around the erosion of democratic institutions. While the number of people in need in Venezuela and the severity of need is unclear due to lack of data, surveys conducted by local organisations point to an increasingly dire situation.

08 May 2018 description

Buenos Aires – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, today (10/04) launches a Regional Action Plan, detailing its support to Governments hosting Venezuelan nationals in the Americas and the Caribbean. The Action Plan aims at strengthening the regional response to large-scale flows of Venezuelans, supporting the efforts that governments have initiated across the region.

30 Apr 2018 description
  • The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has risen yearly since 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, some 170,169 asylum claims have been lodged.

  • Venezuelans arriving recently have stronger humanitarian needs and less financial resources to cover them, and are therefore more vulnerable and in need of assistance.

  • Peru is the largest host country of Venezuelan asylum seekers in Latin America and the Caribbean with almost 37,000 registered asylum seekers.

Context

23 Apr 2018 description

The Special Commission for Refugees (CEPR) reported that approx. 700 applications are received on a daily basis in Peru. 180,000 Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador in the first three months of 2018, compared to 230,000 in all of 2017.

UNHCR, the Brazilian Government opened a new shelter in Boa Vista. 594 people who were living on the streets were relocated.

11 Apr 2018 description

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has risen yearly since 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, some 146,000 asylum claims have been lodged.

Venezuelans arriving recently have stronger humanitarian needs and less financial resources to cover them, and are therefore more vulnerable and in need of assistance.

Colombia, Brazil and Guyana announced new measures to address the arrivals of Venezuelans, as border areas are increasingly overstretched.

Brazil

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