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Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (January - December 2019)

R4V, Eds.: UNHCR and IOM, (2019)

Faced with the largest population outflow in Latin America of recent years, 95 organizations covering 16 countries have been working together to establish a comprehensive response to the urgent needs of millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and host communities.

IFRC Venezuela 2019 Plan (MAAVE003)

International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies, (2019)

Venezuelan Survival Migration as a Development Opportunity

Betts, A., Eds.: Oxford Research Group, (2019)

Research in Brief. The international community’s predominant response to the Venezuelan migration crisis remains focused on humanitarian relief. This is important, for two populations: a) the over 50,000 ‘pendular’ migrants who go back and forth across the border every day in order to access food and basic services; b) those who seek residency in Colombia or another country, and require immediate support in terms of food, shelter, and medical access. However, Betts states, for the over 1.2 million migrants who have settled in Colombia, a longer-term vision is needed, which must be based on seeing Venezuelan migration as a development opportunity that can benefit both migrants and citizens

Venezuelan Doctors Are an Unexpected Boon for Latin America’s Poor

Bloomberg, (2019)

Over 22,000 medical professionals fled Venezuela from 2012-2017 and sought jobs in other Latin American countries. The influx of specialists in places like Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru has helped address critical gaps in care—patients in poorer or rural communities wait months for specialty care and surgeries have years-long waiting lists. But a talent inflow isn’t a quick fix for stressed systems. Nations must construct reasonable credentialing procedures—a process that can take years—and match specialists with jobs where they’re most needed. Venezuela’s uncertain future also means questioning how countries will cope if doctors decide to return home

The Venezuelan Exodus

Human Rights Watch, (2018)

The Need for a Regional Response to an Unprecedented Migration Crisis. This report provides an overview of where the more than 2 million Venezuelans who have left the country since 2014, at least half of them in the past year and a half alone, are now living, the conditions they face, their prospects of obtaining legal status in the host countries, and applicable international standards that should guide host governments’ responses.

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