As Latin America emerges as the new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR warns of worsening conditions for displaced Venezuelans.
As chilly winter weather steals over South America, vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants brace for added hardship.
UNHCR and IOM welcome the commitments made by donors today during the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees.
In Peru, Venezuelan mental health professionals are reaching out to the diaspora with remote sessions to help them cope in the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Venezuelan refugees and migrants are now faced with a myriad of challenges, including the loss of livelihoods, evictions as well as increasing stigmatization.
Early in March, before the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Samuel Suárez was already giving at-risk Ecuadorans in rural areas lifesaving tips to avoid infection.
Refugees and migrants from Venezuela during COVID-19 crisis: as needs soar more inclusive measures and aid are essential
With the coronavirus pandemic testing health care systems around the world, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, are calling attention to the challenges facing refugees and migrants from Venezuela.
Traditionally, Venezuela has been a generous host to thousands of refugees. But with escalating economic instability, violence and a lack of access to food, medicine and jobs, Venezuelan families themselves have been forced to flee their country.
It can be hard to imagine a crisis involving more than four million people as invisible — but to UNHCR staffer Olga Sarrado Mur, the Venezuela situation often feels that way.