Caracas, Venezuela.- The government of the president Nicolás Maduro repatriated 700 Venezuelans who were in Trinidad and Tobago, a country to which they decided to emigrate in the midst of the crisis facing the country, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this Sunday.

More than 700 Venezuelans arrive in Venezuela, from Trinidad and Tobago, in the first Vuelta a la Patria plan carried out by sea, “the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a message on Twitter.

Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Popular Power, published a video on his social networks that shows the atmosphere of joy and nostalgia inside the plane where his compatriots traveled back to the land where they were born.

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“One of the compatriots who returned today from Trinidad and Tobago (…) recorded this emotional video of the return, while they sang the song Venezuela in Paraguaná I. I don’t know about you, my eyes watered. all teams! “, wrote the chancellor.

The “Vuelta a la patria” plan is a project that was launched by President Nicolás Maduro in 2018 to facilitate the voluntary return of Venezuelans who fled the country due to the crisis derived from the financial sanctions imposed by the United States.

For their part, the Trinidad and Tobago authorities have on more than one occasion resorted to deportations in an attempt to mitigate the exodus of Venezuelans to their country.

In November 2020 alone, Trinidadian authorities deported 160 Venezuelans accused of entering “illegally”, a few days after a controversial repatriation by sea that included 16 minors, according to information published by AFP.

Some international organizations estimate that a hundred Venezuelans died between 2018 and 2020 in the wrecks of flimsy boats used to reach the Caribbean island.

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For its part, the United Nations (UN) estimates that five million Venezuelans emigrated from the country since 2015, of these about 25 million chose Trinidad and Tobago as their destination.

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