The United Nations refugee and migration agencies called on Latin American countries on Thursday to ease entry for Venezuelan nationals fleeing economic hardship and a deepening political crisis.
They voiced concern at new passport and border entry requirements in Ecuador and Peru, while praising states for hosting more than 1.6 million Venezuelans who have left since 2015.
“It remains critical that any new measures continue to allow those in need of international protection to access safety and seek asylum,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.
LOCALS say that to stay in Venezuela is to die.
The troubled nation, once the richest country in South America, is crippled by murderous gangs, corruption, devastating food and medical shortages and a dysfunctional new currency no one can understand.
More than two million Venezuelans have fled their oil-rich homeland since 2014, when tumbling oil prices thrust it further into an economic tailspin.
While floods of people continue to pour out of Venezuela, tough new passport laws imposed by neighbouring countries are closing the window on those desperate to escape their economic misery.
And it’s just another setback for Venezuela, which has just been struck by its most powerful earthquake in more than a century.