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International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

Canada will host the next International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants on June 17, 2021 in collaboration with the co-leads of the Regional Platform (R4V), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). Leading up to the conference, Canada and international partners are undertaking various actions to raise awareness about the crisis.

Four key objectives guide our actions:

  1. Reflect on progress made to date
  2. Raise awareness on priority areas, gaps, challenges and opportunities
  3. Mobilize additional resources
  4. Identify future actions to maintain the focus on the crisis and help ensure that commitments are honoured

The conference will include a broad range of actors and bring forward the voices of those impacted by the crisis, particularly women and girls.

About the conference

Canada will host the next International Donors' Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants virtually on June 17, 2021.

The Venezuelan refugee and migrant situation

The exodus of refugees and migrants from Venezuela in the Latin America and the Caribbean region is the second-largest displaced population in the world, after Syrian refugees.

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About the conference

The June 17, 2021, International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants will be an opportunity to highlight the significant efforts to date of host countries and the international community and to mobilize much-needed additional resources. In the lead-up to the conference, Canada, in collaboration with its international partners, seeks to increase broad awareness of the crisis and ensure previous commitments are honoured.

Canada’s efforts build on the previous efforts of the European Union and Spain, which co-hosted an International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in May 2020. The 2020 conference resulted in US$2.79 billion in pledges, including US$653 million worth of grants, a tangible demonstration of the solidarity of the international community to address urgent needs. This funding has improved the lives of 3.18 million vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants, including women and girls, and their host communities:

  • 1.9 million received food assistance
  • 1.2 million received health assistance
  • 907,000 received protection assistance
  • 657,000 received cash-based assistance

This funding has also contributed to longer-term development objectives as we seek to leave no one behind in the decade of action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Despite these efforts and contributions, the financial requirements to respond to the unprecedented magnitude of needs, both inside Venezuela and across the region, are significant. The 2021 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, through its 159 partners, made appeals for US$1.44 billion in 2021 to provide support to 3.3 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela and host communities facing the greatest needs in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Venezuelan refugee and migrant situation

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 5.4 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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If you have any questions, please contact the team organizing the conference at conference2021@international.gc.ca.

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