Latin America’s solidarity and protection of migrants and refugees have been put to the test after Venezuela’s fast growing socio-political and humanitarian crisis.
Since 2014, Venezuela has had an economic crisis and been in political unrest causing Venezuelans to see no end to food and medicine shortages, opposition protests, and government crackdowns throughout the country. Over 100,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum since 2014, according to the U.N refugee agency, as well as 190,000 who have found alternative means. Peru and Brazil have made large efforts to help those fleeing from the country, however the policies have been poorly communicated to the Venezuelan refugees.
“Latin America’s warm welcome doesn’t ring true if people fleeing Venezuela can’t realize their right to asylum and a dignified life.”