January 25, 2021

Delegate of UNHCR and OIM believes reception of Venezuelans in the region is an example

Delegate of UNHCR and OIM believes reception of Venezuelans in the region is an example



The representative of the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Venezuelans, Eduardo Stein, today praised the reception that the countries of the region have received from these migrants and considers which is an example for the world.

"(Generates) hope to see how the populations of the countries receiving Venezuelan migration have reacted with levels of solidarity not seen in other regions of the world with similar massive migratory phenomena," Stein told reporters as soon as they landed in Bogota.

About 2.3 million Venezuelans who have left their country in the face of the crisis that exists there according to UN data.

Of them, almost a million have settled in Colombia, a country that nearly 35,000 Venezuelans cross daily, some in search of food and medicine, others to leave the crisis behind.

The Colombian government estimates that the number of Venezuelans arriving in the country can rise to four million in the most pessimistic scenario of a worsening of the crisis.

Stein stressed that his work is "fundamentally humanitarian", so "decisions of another kind" remain in the hands of the foreign ministries of the countries in the area.

"Our work will not be to intervene in discussions of a political nature, but to stick to those efforts that in the humanitarian dimension we can encourage, mobilize and promote so that at all times it is the rudder that is in the hands of governments," Stein added.

In this regard, he recalled that "it is not the work of any institution or organization of the UN to replace the effort that already the societies and command structures in the legitimately constituted governments are developing".

Stein was received at the airport in Bogota by Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who commented that "his visit is of the greatest importance."

Trujillo affirmed that what is being experienced with the Venezuelan exodus is "a migratory crisis" with a great national, regional and global dimension.

Therefore, he said, Colombia has taken national measures with "a regional and global vision, that is, multilateral."

Stein, who was vice president of Guatemala between 2004 and 2008, will meet during his visit with the head of state of Colombia, Iván Duque, on Tuesday, as well as with Trujillo.

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