The European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECH0), the world’s largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, has approved funds in the amount of EUR 2.7 million (nearly USD 3.3 million) for the protection, education and health of Venezuelan refugee and migrant children in Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru.
The project will run until March 31, 2022, and the implementing partner is the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Chargé d’Affaires for the EU Delegation in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Sanjin Soldatic, said on the announcement of the project: “Venezuela is experiencing a difficult socio-economic situation, and as a result, more than 5.2 million Venezuelans now live outside of the country, with the numbers growing strongly over the last year. The legal status of Venezuelans, which determines their right to work and to access basic services, varies across the region. Consequently, migration is placing significant pressures on institutions, service provision systems, the labour market and the social dynamics of the receiving countries in a time of COVID. This includes the overflow of demand for services such as health, housing, education, social protection and water and sanitation, among others. These are precisely the areas in which the EU seeks to improve the standard of living of refugee and migrant children”.
In addition to this project to help children, the EU is currently implementing two projects in Trinidad and Tobago that address the day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and migrants from Venezuela, as well as the host communities: