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Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in countries in the region, amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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At a time when the world is fighting against COVID-19, we must not lose sight of the needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, and of the countries that have generously welcomed them. To address those needs, the European Union together with the government of Spain and with support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have convened the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the countries of the region, amid COVID-19.

This conference will take place on 26th of May. This time virtually, over 40 countries along with the United Nations Agencies, international financial institutions and representatives of national and international civil society will address together this unprecedented crisis, mobilise resources for the displaced population and the main host communities, and strengthen the coordination among the key actors.

The European Union and its Member States have been supporting for years the Venezuelan population and the communities hosting refugees. In October 2019, the EU organised in Brussels, together with UNHCR and IOM the first Solidarity Conference to raise awareness on the magnitude of the situation and on the need to mobilise funds through a donor conference in the first half of 2020. The crisis generated by COVID-19 makes it even more urgent to fulfil this commitment.

Follow the conference live here: https://youtu.be/SSzGpNaazoo

EU supports Venezuelan refugees, migrants and host communities: download the factsheet

 

Videos

Opening video: #Together4Venezuelans

The moment has arrived! We came together with more than 50 musicians in 11 countries to reduce distances. Listen to this song!

International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants

On May 26, the European Union and the Government of Spain, with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), convene an International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean. At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the fight against COVID-19, we should not lose sight of the needs of more than 5 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have sought and found safety and new opportunities across the world, mostly in neighbouring countries.

The Peruvian government and the UN work together for the integration of Venezuelan migrants.

The Government of Peru and the United Nations work together for the integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants into Peruvian society

Situación de Migrantes venezolanos

Recorren un largo camino con sus sueños en una maleta, hoy más que nunca necesitamos apoyo para seguirlos ayudando.

Ecuador enfrenta la crisis migratoria venezolana

El país acoge a 400.000 migrantes venezolanos y mantiene su compromiso para brindar una atención integral como parte de varias iniciativas de cooperación internacional. La crisis por la emergencia del Covid 19 supone serios retos a nivel socioeconómico.

Together for Venezuelans: Access to health

The Venezuelan crisis has resulted in a widespread shortage of medicines across the country. What remains accessible on the market, is often too expensive for a population largely struggling to work and earn a living. Our intervention along across Latin America focus on guaranteeing free access to basic healthcare to migrants and refugees. On the border between Colombia and Venezuela, EU supported medical centres work around the clock to assist those in need, like Mirtha who used to cross the border everyday to get medications for her young daughter.
©2020 Colombian Red Cross

Apoyo a familias vulnerables en Perú

A raíz de la emergencia por #COVID19, muchas personas refugiadas y migrantes se han quedado sin posibilidad de alimentar a sus familias. En Perú, estamos apoyando con socios y otras agencias de Naciones Unidas a las personas más vulnerables con kits de alimentos.

RMRP 2020 - Review (COVID-19)

The updated requirements of the RMRP now amount to USD 1.41 billion, around one-third of which are for COVID19-specific activities. The main increases will support refugees and migrants in extremely precarious situations, especially those in urgent need of food, shelter and health services.

Unidos en la lucha contra el COVID-19 en Ecuador

Refugiados y migrantes de Venezuela apoyan a sus comunidades de acogida en Ecuador en la lucha contra el coronavirus.

TESTIMONIES FROM THE CUCUTA BORDER

Latin American countries are home to 4.3 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. The majority of them rely on the informal economy to survive, mostly selling basic goods on the streets. The coronavirus pandemic comes as an additional layer of vulnerability for them. Lockdown measures are forcing them home to stay safe and it has become increasingly difficult to earn a salary. They are becoming more vulnerable than ever.
©2020 European Union

Unicef Panamá WASH

El acceso a agua potable y el lavado de manos son esenciales para prevenir la transmisión de enfermedades, entre ellas el #Coronavirus.

El trabajo de UNICEF con familias migrantes ante el brote de COVID-19

Ante la crisis por COVID-19, UNICEF reforzó su apoyo a las familias migrantes con niños mediante la entrega de materiales didácticos, asistencia psicoemocional y soluciones de alojamiento temporales.

From Venezuela to his mother’s arms I UNICEF

During his short life Jesús has crossed mountains from Venezuela to Peru to get back into his mother’s arms. Three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 due to a deepening, widespread crisis. This is one of those millions of stories.

Venezuelan family portraits

Save the Children Latin America & the Caribbean

Refugiados y migrantes venezolanos reciben la solidaridad de los uruguayos

Ante el aumento de las llegadas de personas refugiadas y migrantes en Uruguay, ACNUR y SEDHU, el Servicio Ecuménico para la Dignidad Humana, realizaron una jornada para la distribución de artículos de primera necesidad, como kits de higiene, utensilios de cocina y ropa de cama.

Our regional humanitarian response to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis

Learn how Save the Children is responding to this crisis in Colombia and Peru and help us to support migrant families.

Venezuelans on The Move

Nearly 4.5 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, leading to the largest displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean’s modern history. IOM is on the ground assisting Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

Proyecto Sin Fronteras Atención humanitaria a población migrante - Mary Luz Torres

Mary Luz Torres: "Conocí a Profamilia por medio de unas vecinas, que me acerara hasta allá, para usar algún método anticonceptivo. El método que me llamó la atención fue el Jadelle, el implante del brazo, porque es un método anticonceptivo que dura cinco años."

Solidarity must not become a victim of COVID-19

Many refugees and migrants from Venezuela are losing their already limited social and economic support due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many depend on their daily wages to cover basic needs such as shelter, food or healthcare. Others do not have a roof.

Promover la integración de los trabajadores migrantes venezolanos en Colombia

Oficina de la OIT para América Latina y el Caribe

Testimonios de migrantes venezolanos en Argentina (video 1)

Centro de Orientación de Migrantes y Refugiados de Buenos Aires (Constitución)
Con apoyo de la Unión Europea

Testimonios de migrantes venezolanos en Argentina (video 2)

Centro de Orientación de Migrantes y Refugiados de Buenos Aires (Constitución)
Con apoyo de la Unión Europea

Testimonios de migrantes venezolanos en Argentina (video 3)

Centro de Orientación de Migrantes y Refugiados de Buenos Aires (Constitución)
Con apoyo de la Unión Europea

ROSIMAR TERMINADO

Poverty and hunger left Rosimar´s family no choice but leaving their country, Venezuela. The sold whatever they could to pay for part of the journey on the back of trucks and crowded minivans, but had ultimately to walk for weeks to reach Peru. They aim at continuing their journey to Santiago de Chile, thousands of kilometres away, where Rosimar hopes to fulfill her dream of studying and becoming a doctor.
©2019 UNICEF

REYNER EN CP

Reyner fled Venezuela with his family to seek a better life. He wants to keep studying and wants for follow his father´s steps.
©2019 European Union

SARAI EN

5.1 million Venezuelans have left their country, fleeing poverty and hunger. Families must often part ways in the process sending a member ahead to try to earn enough money to bring the others.
Reuniting could take months and losing contact is a concrete risk. Children are the last ones to take the journey to reunite with their parents. 9-year old Sarai travelled more than 2,000 Kilometres with her grandmother, from Venezuela to Peru, to reunite with her mother.
Our intervention helped her locate her mother and find a safe and happy space, where she could play and learn while waiting to hug her again.
©2019 UNICEF

Stories

In 2019, I visited as Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs the Simon Bolivar bridge, a 300 metres long bridge spanning Venezuela and Colombia. The bridge is named after the Venezuelan statesman and it was until the Venezuelan economic crisis a popular crossing point for citizens to shop across the border. Today, the bridge is a point where many Venezuelan refugees start the journey to look for a better future. At the time, I could witness the dire situations that many Venezuelans migrants and refugees are escaping from and the risks and misery they face. 5 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants have by now sought safety and new opportunities across the world, mostly in neighbouring countries. During my visit, I was already appointed as EU High Representative and was committed to organise European and international support for the refuges and migrants. The visit at the crossing over the Táchira River confirmed how badly this is needed.

Venezuela conference

On 26 May, the international community gathered again to show solidarity with millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have had to flee their country in order to find refuge abroad, especially in the neighbouring countries including Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. The Covid-19 pandemic has only aggravated their already dire situation, and their access to health services, water and sanitation, education, housing and a decent social and economic life. The aim of this second International Conference has been to shine the spotlight on the increasing needs of all these Venezuelans who seek protection, and for whom the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic presents an additional challenge of unpredictable magnitude. Our mission only starts now.

The Education and Human Mobility Working Group and the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) call on the countries of the region to not forget the spirit of the 2030 Agenda: “leaving no one behind". Specifically, to not exclude people in situations of mobility within the emergency educational responses that are implemented in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peru is hosting some 865,000 Venezuelans, and is the second largest recipient of migrants from that country and the one that has received the largest number of applications for refugee status from Venezuelan citizens in the world.

From the onset of the crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme has assisted 1.5 million migrants in Arauca, Atlántico, Cesar, La Guajira, Magdalena, Nariño and Norte de Santander. During the first quarter of 2020, WFP provided assistance to approximately 300,000 migrants and members of host communities per month. This, thanks to the support of its partners and donors as well as to the collaborative work with national institutions at the central and local levels.

The situation of Venezuelan refugee and migrant families that were in a fragile situation before the pandemic is now aggravated by their loss of employment, difficulties in accessing emergency services and benefits, and lack a of access to healthcare systems.

A project for local/urban integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants into their host communities

Imagine walking the distance of Paris to Budapest with no food, money or decent shoes. Millions of Venezuelan migrants and refugees have to do it to flee poverty and hunger.

A series of 5 videos displaying the living conditions, the dreams, and the stories of Venezuelans refugees and the support that UNHCR and the EU are providing to them.

¿Cómo manejar la respuesta local dentro de la emergencia humanitaria?

Nos envían fotos y mensajes de su día a día tras la declaratoria de emergencia sanitaria.

En Soacha, a las afueras de Bogotá, Colombia, la crisis de la COVID-19 ha dejado sin ingresos a la población local y migrante.

RET’s COVID-19 Regional Response in Latin America and the Caribbean

Caminantes venezolanos dejan mensajes de amor y esperanza en una pared para aliviar a los recién llegados a una casa de acogida.

WFP distribuye kits de alimentos entre los grupos transgéneros para paliar el impacto socioeconómico de la COVID-19

Mientras estamos en tiempos difíciles, hay historias que inspiran y te sacan una sonrisa. Esta es la historia de niñas y niños migrantes que viven juntos el aislamiento en Riohacha, La Guajira.

The consequences of coronavirus are taking a huge toll on the mental health of refugees, displaced and stateless people, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today.

Early in March, before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Samuel Suárez was already giving at-risk Ecuadorians in rural areas lifesaving tips to avoid infection.

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have taken a heavy toll on Venezuelan refugees and migrants, many of whom were barely scraping by even before the pandemic hit.

Entrega de kits alimentos y aseo personal –Programa SI FRONTERA: “Soy ama de casa, mi esposo se ha quedado desempleado y gracias a esta ayuda hemos podido solventar los alimentos del día para nosotros y mis hijos/as”.

News of the COVID-19 pandemic had not reached Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant 16-year-old migrant from Venezuela, until a few weeks ago, when she heard about the coronavirus from friends. “I saw people talking about and it scared me,” she recalled.

Amid the crisis due to coronavirus, UN Volunteers have adapted their work to keep serving the communities. For UN Volunteers, this pandemic is an example that Venezuelans and internally displaced persons of concern need accurate orientation, now more than ever.

Victoria*, 14, recently completed a 1200-mile journey to Ecuador from her hometown in Venezuela. She wanted to escape the socio-economic situation in her homeland and make a new life across the border. But getting to Ecuador was not easy. In fact, the difficulties arose from the first moment she left her country.

En el mes de diciembre se conmemoran el Día Mundial del Sida (1ro de diciembre) y el Día Internacional del Migrante (18 de diciembre). Ambas fechas nos convocan a mirar con atención la situación de los flujos mixtos que salen de Venezuela y que representan la mayor movilización de personas de la historia de Latinoamerica y el Caribe: hay más de 4,8 millones de personas refugiadas y migrantes venezolanas en todo el mundo, de los cuales 3,9 millones se encuentra en países de la región.

“Aquí no tenemos casa, familia, ni derechos. Nos desalojaron y nos quedamos sin ningún tipo de ayuda. Lo único que queremos es regresar con nuestras familias y salir adelante en nuestro país Venezuela, aquí cada día estamos peor” dijeron migrantes venezolanos a NRC en Bogotá, la capital de Colombia.

“Esta es la comida que pudimos compara con la ayuda que nos dieron. Estamos en tiempos difíciles y esto nos ayuda a no vivir tan apretados” dijo un hombre venezolano que se desplazó hasta Santa Marta en Colombia. Él y su familia pudieron acceder a la alimentación durante la cuarentena a través del apoyo económico de NRC.

After the border closure left thousands stranded, the IRC moved quickly to set up triage medical care, including testing and treatment for COVID-19.

Doctor Gerson Costa Filho left service in Basic Health Units (BHU) that were embedded in the communities of the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, where he worked for eight years, to dedicate himself to the health of refugees, migrants and the local community at the other end of the Brazil, in the state of Roraima. He joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Health team to reinforce local care at a city BHU.

“Con lo que recibimos no nos alcanza para comer, ni para el arriendo, para nada. Tenemos que dormir en la calle y exponernos al virus” Comenta José Gregorio uno de los cientos de miles de migrantes Venezolanos que vive en Ecuador. José es parte de la población que trabaja en el mercado informal vendiendo caramelos en las calles de Quito. Según la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) a finales de 2019 habían 330.000 venezolanos en este país.

Press releases

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Las intervenciones que han tenido lugar en esta Conferencia de Donantes –y la importante cantidad de fondos comprometida- dan fe del compromiso de la comunidad internacional con los migrantes y refugiados venezolanos y con las comunidades y los países que les acogen en América Latina.

The Government of Spain and the European Union welcome the political and financial response from the International Community to the dramatic crisis of over 4 million displaced Venezuelans, which for many years have been hosted and welcomed by neighbouring countries.

 

The solidarity shown from the countries in the region, has been praised and supported today by their partners and donor countries. They have pledged €2.544 billion to complement and support the efforts already under way from the host communities.

 

24/06/2020 - The coronavirus has taken over our private and collective lives. For more than two months, people, cities and countries around the whole world have been on lockdown, attentive to the numbers of infections, recoveries and deaths.

5.1 million people have left Venezuela due to political instability, insecurity and economic collapse. This is the largest refugee crisis in Latin American history and has become one of the biggest displacement crises in the world. The European Union stands with the people of Venezuela and is at the forefront of international efforts to solve the crisis in the country and support a political, democratic, peaceful and Venezuelan-owned solution.

The European Union and the Government of Spain, with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), have convened an International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the countries of the region, in the context of COVID-19.

International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the countries of the region, amid COVID-19 26th May 2020

International Donor Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the Countries of the Region, amid COVID-19

International Donor Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the Countries of the Region, amid COVID-19

Today, the European Union and the Spanish Government announced the launch of an International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin American countries. This conference will take place virtually, coordinated between Madrid and Brussels, on 26 May 2020. The European Union (EU) and the Spanish Government will convene the donor conference, with the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the safety and future of millions of refugees and
migrants from Venezuela and their host communities, more than 150 organizations working
across 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are appealing to the international
community for an urgent increase in support.