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14 Mar 2019 description
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Close to 1,200 Venezuelan refugees and migrants have received direct emergency assistance in Costa Rica,
Mexico and Panama.

Two campaigns - Paises Hermanos and #SomosLoMismo – have been launched to combat xenophobia and promote peaceful coexistence.

Legal support has been provided to over 300 newly-arrived and most vulnerable Venezuelans in the three targeted countries of the subregion.

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

13 Mar 2019 description

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12 Mar 2019 description

Some 3.4 million Venezuelans are living abroad, over 2.7 million of whom have left their country since 2015. South America hosts 90 per cent of Venezuelans abroad.

Since 2014, some 408,500 asylum claims have been lodged by Venezuelans, over 248,000 in 2018 alone. While asylum systems are overwhelmed, over 7,100 have been recognized as refugees thus far.

With the support of receiving States and host communities, UNHCR continues to improve reception conditions, advocate for legal stay, identify protection risks and ensure access to basic services.

12 Mar 2019 description

VENEZUELA SITUATION

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

1 The President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, declared to assumed power as “President in Charge” of Venezuela, on 23 January, at a rally held in Caracas in front of tens of thousands of supporters. His self-proclamation as interim head of state was recognised by the US President, the Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, among other countries.

12 Mar 2019 description

FUNDING THE RESPONSE

While many governments in the region have been generous in their response, more support by the international community is needed to complement their efforts. Venezuelans continue facing difficulties in accessing services, impacting their ability to provide food, housing, health care, and other basic needs for their families. Families are exhausting their savings and resources, and are falling further into poverty.

12 Mar 2019 description

Hace unos meses conocí a una migrante salvadoreña que había llegado a México y enfilaba la ruta hacia el norte con miles de personas más. Conversamos en un lugar donde descansaba acompañada de su hija y me dijo: "Si Dios me ha permitido llegar hasta aquí (Ciudad de México) en este momento, sé que me abrirá puertas ahí para arriba para poder llegar adonde queremos llegar".

A sus 27 años Ana Maritza se había unido a una de las caravanas de personas migrantes que viajaban hacia el norte y me contaba cómo estaba siendo su experiencia.

10 Mar 2019 description

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 10 de marzo (AGN). El Gobierno de Guatemala, por medio del consulado en Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México, dará apoyo para la repatriación de los cuerpos de los migrantes guatemaltecos muertos el jueves al volcar el camión en el que se transportaban, informó una fuente oficial.

Osiel Salcedo, cónsul guatemalteco, explicó que “la Cancillería cuenta con un programa de apoyo económico para este tipo de casos, el cual se brinda siempre y cuando los familiares de las víctimas lo soliciten”.

08 Mar 2019 description

CONTEXTO

Mientras el número de personas que salían del Norte de Centroamérica (NCA) decreció significativamente durante las primeras dos semanas de febrero, nuevos rumores de grupos adicionales organizándose para salir de El Salvador y Honduras se difundieron. A mediados del mes, el número de personas movilizadas a través de las fronteras permaneció por debajo del promedio normal de 300 cada día.

08 Mar 2019 description

BACKGROUND

While the number of people departing from the North of Central America (NCA) significantly decreased in the first two weeks of February, new rumours of additional groups departing from El Salvador and Honduras were spread. By the middle of the month, numbers of people moving across borders remained below the normal rate of around 300 every day.

08 Mar 2019 description

Geneva, 8 March – As a result of the situation in Venezuela, the number of asylum applications by Venezuelan citizens worldwide has increased exponentially, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, announced today. Since 2014, over 414,000 asylum claims have been lodged by Venezuelans worldwide, nearly 60 percent of them (248,000), during 2018 alone.

Two thirds of asylum applications by Venezuelans were registered in Latin America and the rest in North America and some European countries.

08 Mar 2019 description

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 9,779 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 6 March, a 13 per cent decrease from the 10,715 arriving during the same period last year. Deaths on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes through almost seven weeks of the new year are at 229 individuals – or about one half the 464 deaths that occurred during the same period in 2018.

IOM Italy

05 Mar 2019 description

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05 Mar 2019 description

Situation Summary

Between epidemiological week (EW) 1 and EW 9 of 2019, ten countries in the Region of the Americas have reported confirmed cases occurring between December 2018 and February 2019: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, the United States of America, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. No fatal cases have been reported in 2019.