Monday, May 21, 2018
Latin American Distress regarding Critical Venezuelan Related Crises
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• The deterioration of the
economic, social and humanitarian situation in Venezuela has led to a massive increase in Venezuelan emigration over the last
two years, which has especially impacted the countries of the region
After the Venezuelan president's recent
statements in which he says that his country doesn't have a migration crisis, the ["Lima Group"] governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia state that:
The deterioration of the economic, social
and humanitarian situation in Venezuela has led to a massive increase in Venezuelan emigration over the last two years, which has especially impacted the countries of the region.
Although the majority
of Venezuelan emigrants first go to neighboring countries, there has also been a significant increase in transit migration
in these countries en route to other destinations.
Official figures show that between 2017 and 2018 approximately 82,000 Venezuelans
emigrated to Argentina; about 50,000 went to Brazil; 800,000 Venezuelans went to Colombia; approximately 4,000 went to Costa
Rica; more than 160,000 went to Chile; 15,650 to Guatemala; 65,784 to Mexico; 65,415 to Panama; 2,893 to Paraguay; and 298,559
These figures are consistent with estimates made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the
International Organization for Migration (IOM), which indicate that between 1,500,000 and 1,600,000 Venezuelans had left their
country by the end of 2017.
This has created a series of humanitarian and health-related challenges for the receiving countries, including malnutrition and the reappearance of
diseases that had already been eradicated or were under control. In addition, the ability to provide basic services such as
education and child protection, among others, is seriously challenged.
For all the above reasons, the Lima Group
countries reiterate our willingness and commitment to providing assistance and protection for Venezuelans, as well as support
for those who remain in their country, and we strongly reiterate the request to create mechanisms that permit access
to humanitarian aid in order to address this critical situation.
We also call on Venezuela to urgently establish a system to exchange epidemiological information
with its neighboring countries, in order to coordinate efforts to contain diseases especially in the border regions.
Press release, "Lima Group Statement,"
May 18, 2018, Mexican Ministries of Foreign Affairs (SRE); translation SRE