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Number of Venezuelans entering Peru goes down

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15:15 | Tumbes (Tumbes region), Aug. 27.

Peruvian Migration Superintendent Eduardo Sevilla on Monday informed the number of Venezuelan migrants —seeking to enter the Inca country through the border— has decreased, 24 hours after the passport requirement came into effect.

Since Saturday, Venezuelan citizens must carry passports to enter Peru.

According to Sevilla, 1,630 Venezuelans arrived at the Binational Border Attention Center (CEBAF) in northern Tumbes region last Sunday, less than half the average recorded within the last few days.

Some 400,000 Venezuelans are currently in Peru due to the humanitarian crisis existing in their nation.

According to the CEBAF-based Foreign Affairs Office, 140,000 have requested asylum in the Inca country so far this year.

Upon arrival, Bolivarian citizens receive documents allowing them to move freely throughout Peru until the State decides to grant them —or not— refugee status.

On the other hand, Tumbes Province Municipality —through the Comprehensive Family Development Center (CEDIF)— alongside Encuentros NGO and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offer humanitarian aid to vulnerable Venezuelans.

Said assistance consists of food at breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks in a transitory way, but only to pregnant women, children under three years old, and people facing health issues (certification is needed).

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Published: 8/27/2018