With more than 5 million affected people, the Venezuelan displacement crisis is second only to the Syrian refugee crisis. What is worse, the pandemic has aggravated Venezuelan refugees and migrants’ hardship, as well as putting strain on the countries that have generously welcomed them.
To address those needs, on June 17, Canada, with support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Spain and the European Union, has convened the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the countries of the region.
Over 40 countries along with the United Nations Agencies, international financial institutions and representatives of national and international civil society will take stock of the situation, strengthen coordination and mobilise resources for the displaced population and the main host communities, including on helping Venezuelan migrants and refugees secure access to vaccines.
The European Union and its Member States have been supporting for years the Venezuelan population and the communities hosting refugees. In May 2020, and in October 2019, the EU organised, together with UNHCR and IOM similar Conferences aimed at raising awareness about the crisis, as well as to mobilise donor funds. The worsening of the pandemic in Latin America, which is currently the world’s worst hit, makes it even more urgent to fulfil this commitment. The European Union is ready to play its part.