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Venezuelan migration crisis debated in Brussels next week

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Venezuelan migration crisis debated in Brussels next week

The European Union (EU), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are organizing next week a conference on the Venezuelan migration crisis to demand a “urgent and concerted response”. "

Held between Monday and Tuesday in the Belgian capital of Brussels, the “International Solidarity Conference” will be attended by ministers and high-level officials from Latin America and the Caribbean and representatives of EU Member States, as well as United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and international financial institutions, as well as the private sector and civil society.

The objective is to define “urgent and concerted actions for Venezuelan refugees and migrants”, according to a statement issued today by the European External Action Service.

Thus, the conference will serve to express the solidarity of the international community, reaffirm global commitments to host countries and communities, and further promote a regional response and greater international technical and financial cooperation.

“The dramatic flight of millions of Venezuelans has spawned one of the world's most severe displacement crises and the largest in recent history in the region. Almost 80% of the approximately 4.5 million Venezuelans who left the country remain in Latin America or the Caribbean, ”adds the structure led by Federica Mogherini.

Federica Mogherini is also one of the organizers of the conference, together with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and IOM Director-General António Vitorino.

Cited by the press release, Federica Mogherini notes that "this is the time to call for more support from Venezuelan refugees, migrants and host communities" as well as "raise awareness of the seriousness of this crisis."

According to the official, the EU is already the main donor to the country, having provided more than 170 million euros since 2018.

Also cited in the statement, IOM Director-General António Vitorino points out that the international community has to "double (the support provided) to ensure that aid reaches the most vulnerable and those who support them."

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, highlights the “strong message” of support sent to Venezuelan migrants.

Venezuela has been going through a political crisis for several months, in addition to a serious economic and social crisis that has led about four million people to flee the country since 2015, according to United Nations data.

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