The Venezuelan population flows in Latin America and the Caribbean have shown a significant increase in the last two years. Due to its geographical closeness with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the countries that has seen this increase on a larger scale. Although Venezuelan foreigners in Trinidad and Tobago are not new, the highly unusual increase in numbers within a short time span have attracted the local authorities' attention.
Traditionally, Venezuelans were not known as a population aiming to stay permanently outside Venezuela in massive number, however, a conglomerate of internal events has recently changed this reality in all countries sharing borders with Venezuela, and many others far beyond. This new reality is of special interest for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), whose mandate is to promote the benefits of an orderly and safe migration based on the respect of the immigrants' rights.
The study was geared towards monitoring Venezuelans citizens' presence in Trinidad and Tobago, to know a profile which would aid in developing a better understanding of their needs, vulnerabilities, working and health status, and the challenges they have faced in the routes they follow to get to Trinidad and Tobago. During the data collection exercise, 548 Venezuelans were interviewed along the territory.
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