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UN Official Calls Venezuelan Refugee Crisis Unprecedented
According to UN figures, close to 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the crisis their country is going through

CUCUTA, Colombia – The joint special representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) for Venezuelan refugees and migrants said on Tuesday that the refugee crisis caused by Venezuela’s political, economic and social problems is unprecedented in Latin America.

“Latin America has never faced a time of forced migration like the one we’re seeing now,” Eduardo Stein said in Cucuta, just across the border from Venezuela.

“We won’t intervene in any way in the arguments about political matters,” the former Guatemalan vice president said, but will seek “a way to interest international donors, above all governments that have historically cooperated with Latin American, to help with this situation.”

Stein, who visited the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta and several reception centers for Venezuelan refugees, spoke approvingly of Colombia’s attitude toward the neighboring country’s crisis.

“I wish to comment on the solidarity that a number of Latin American countries and in particular Colombia and its people have shown and that contrasts totally with the reactions of other parts of the world toward sudden mass immigrations,” he said.

While walking over the bridge, the UN envoy witnessed the large influx of migrants and listened to the pleas for help voiced by some Venezuelans.

According to UN figures, close to 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the crisis their country is going through.

Of those, almost 1 million have settled in Colombia.

 

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