The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said on Tuesday that half a million Venezuelans live in his country today, which means an annual outlay of about 500 million dollars for the public treasury.
This was announced by the Ecuadorian president during the inaugural session of the Assembly of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which took place this day in the port city of Guayaquil, the main economic pole of the Andean country, to later clarify that, currently , 3,000 Venezuelans enter Ecuador every day.
"I have just received a report that more than 500,000 Venezuelans already live in Ecuador, that has a cost close to 500 million dollars per year, and 3,000 new Venezuelan brothers enter Ecuador every day, and the figure was between 5,000 and 6,000, "he said during his speech.
Moreno acknowledged that the crisis situation that the "brother country" is experiencing is above "the capacity of reception" of Ecuador.
"I do not lose hope that it is the Venezuelan brothers themselves who find a democratic and just solution for this humanitarian crisis," he argued, and then stated that, otherwise, any intervention that comes from abroad will be "useless."
According to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4 million Venezuelans left their country since 2015 and, of these, at least 3.1 million remained in Latin America.
As for Ecuador, registered 1.5 million arrivals in the same period, one million of them since January last year, and the latest estimates pointed to some 300,000 Venezuelans had stayed in their territory, a figure that Moreno raised this Tuesday to half a million.
In this regard, the opening session of the IDB on Tuesday was marked by the demand for assistance to alleviate the humanitarian and economic burden of Venezuelan migration in the receiving countries.
This was highlighted by the speakers of a session in which, besides the president of Ecuador, the vice president of Colombia, Martha Lucía Ramírez; the president of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, and the new president of its Board of Governors, Richard Martinez, Ecuadorian Minister of Finance.
In his speech, the Ecuadorian president described as "truly apocalyptic" Venezuelan migration to various countries in the region "for the suffering we see every day on the streets."
And he reiterated the denunciation of his Government "to authoritarianism and all kinds of exclusion", while showing his solidarity "with that brotherly people, especially with the most innocent".
He also recalled that, despite the "complex economic situation" that his country is going through, "thousands of Venezuelan children today study in Ecuador, and we are calculating more than one million medical assistance to Venezuelan brothers."
"We take care of them in health and we offer them assistance so that their forced stay is something more bearable", he concluded.
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