Can you imagine walking more than 1,000 km with your children and a suitcase with your belongings? That is the marathon journey they have made Many refugees Y migrants Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their country to reach a safe haven in other countries of Latin america and the caribbean.
It’s about the second largest displacement crisis population of the world, after that of Syria. More than 5.6 million people affected, The exodus Venezuelan equates to the population of Denmark flooding the rest of Europe. However, this crisis goes largely unnoticed and is hardly reported in the rest of the world.
Mauricio Hdez. Cervantes
The pandemic has added even more difficulties, increasing the many risks run by venezuelans trying to get to safety. The prolonged confinement measures they hamper the efforts of refugees and migrants to find work. Women and girls, in particular, are exposed to even greater risks of exploitation and xenophobia. And the impact of the pandemic is not just affecting refugees and migrants: throughout the region, local communities are suffering greatly.
Despite the difficulties they are going through at the moment, the countries of Latin america and the caribbean They have met this challenge silently and generously, attending to immediate needs and committing themselves to social and economic integration. The host countries are doing all they can to offer their Venezuelan brothers and sisters a dignified life. Some have already granted displaced people legal status so they can access health and education services, housing, and legal work. Crucially, during the pandemic, many have been included in national Covid-19 vaccination campaigns. We have seen bold and courageous initiatives to protect millions of irregular migrants. However, these efforts are exceeding the capacity of the region, and help is needed.
The pandemic has attracted so much attention that it has overshadowed the immigration crisis
As host countries try to shoulder this enormous responsibility, international support in this crisis is insufficient. The appeal for funding of the United Nations last year he only got half the amount needed to support those in need. The pandemic of covid It has attracted so much attention and resources from the world that it has overshadowed this crisis. The international community must do more.
Failure to act without delay could jeopardize regional stability. In addition, a high number of refugees and unvaccinated migrants would aggravate the region’s severe economic and public health crisis.
If we collectively set the right conditions, this crisis could turn into an opportunity. Venezuelans contribute skills, knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit that can help boost Economic recovery of the region after the covid crisis.
Laura Helena Castillo. Caracas
Therefore, Canada, following in the footsteps of the 2020 conference organized by Spain and the European Union, hosts on June 17 an international virtual conference of high-level donors in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration. We want people to be aware of the huge impact that this crisis is having and the burden that the host countries of the region are bearing mainly. It is about nothing less than generating a sense of urgency, so that governments outside the region, multilateral organizations, international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society demonstrate their solidarity.
It is time for both Venezuelan refugees and migrants and their hosts to know that the world cares.
Arancha González Laya, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.
Eduardo Stein, Joint Special Representative of UNHCR and IOM for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants.
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development of Canada.