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The current situation: Venezuelan refugees and migrants

Amid the ongoing global pandemic, the exodus of Venezuelan refugees and migrants continues to result in unprecedented needs across the Latin America and Caribbean region. Over 5.6 million Venezuelans have left their homes since 2015, with over 4.6 million remaining in the Latin America and Caribbean region. This mass displacement is a result of violence and insecurity as well as a lack of access to food, medicine and essential services inside Venezuela. Countries and communities in the region continue to host Venezuelans as they concurrently face health, social and economic challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon arrival in their new host countries, many Venezuelan refugees and migrants require support, such as access to food, health, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and protection. However, since Venezuelans are not able to return home in the short term, in addition to these immediate needs, Venezuelan migrants and refugees also need help finding employment opportunities, allowing them to contribute to and integrate into their new communities. Assistance in areas such as education, health and access to dignified jobs contributes to reducing risks associated with human trafficking, sexual exploitation, violence and abuse and, in some contexts, forced recruitment into armed groups. Host countries and communities require support to welcome and integrate millions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela into their societies, offering them hope to lead lives of dignity.

Since 2019, Canada has committed $86 million in humanitarian, stabilization and development assistance to help respond to the impacts of the Venezuela crisis. This includes $38 million in gender-responsive humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the immediate needs of people affected by this crisis, both inside Venezuela and in neighbouring countries.

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