Venezuela + 7 more

UNICEF Migration flows in Latin America and the Caribbean Situation Report No. 5 | May - December 2018

Originally published



  • 3 million No. of Venezuelans living abroad, including:

  • 2.4 million No. of Venezuelans in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean (Source: IOM/UNHCR, Nov 2018)

  • 490,000 Approx. No. of children in need of assistance as a consequence of the crisis in Colombia,
    Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Panama. (Preliminary estimations at transit/receiving country level.)

  • UNICEF Appeal 2018 US$ 28,050,000


• As of December 2018, around 3 million Venezuelans are living abroad, including 2.4 million in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean. UNICEF estimates that over 490,000 children are in need of assistance in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago,
Guyana and Panama.

• In Colombia, the government presented the CONPES, the first public policy guidelines document, which includes humanitarian and financial action to address the phenomenon of mixed migration from Venezuela.

• UNICEF Peru concluded the process of providing feedback to the Ministry of Education on two key regulations: school enrolment in educational institutions and basic education programmes and technical regulations that guide the process of evaluating lessons in educational institutions and basic education programmes.

• Cash-based interventions (CBI) activities continue in Tulcán and Lago Agrio (border crossings) and Quito for children and adolescents who are seeking family reunification. During December, 299 family reunifications (CBI) were delivered.

• UNICEF, along with partners, have established 14 Child-Friendly Spaces (CFSs) in Boa Vista and Pacaraima City, Brazil. 3,073 children were reached through participation in CFS activities including psychosocial support, socialization, play and recreation.

• UNICEF Panama initiated a programme to raise awareness against xenophobia and discrimination in the education system, reaching in a first phase a total of 1,652 children from schools with the highest rate of migrants in the country.

• In Trinidad and Tobago, UNICEF is working with partners to consolidate and scale up access to certified education programmes through an innovative e-learning programme that will be linked to the Trinidad and Tobago curriculum as well as the Caribbean Examination Board.

• With the Ministry of Social Protection and the Department of Citizenship of Guyana, UNICEF supported the deployment of mobile teams for service outreach, including child protection and social services. The mobile birth registration teams have covered 15 communities with 8,490 people ensuring access to documentation for children who were previously unregistered