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The Venezuela Refugee Exodus is Becoming a Huge Crisis for South America

It’s going to get worse

With the Venezuelan economy in a shambles, and people unable to get enough food to feed themselves, and with the electricity and water systems breaking down, refugees are pouring out of Venezuela.

The rest of South America has no clue what to do with them:

Growing numbers are fleeing economic meltdown and political turmoil in Venezuela, where people are begging for food and other necessities of daily life, threatening to overwhelm neighbouring countries.

Previously, Peru allowed Venezuelans to enter if they were carrying a passport or an identity card, but as of Saturday, an ID card is no longer acceptable.

The policy change sent a surge of Venezuelans across the border, trying to beat the deadline.

Peru has already taken in nearly 400,000 Venezuelan immigrants, most of them during the past year.

To date, 80 percent have entered Peru with a passport, while 20 percent crossed with only an identity card, according to migration data.

Officials from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will meet in Bogota next week to seek a way forward.

The new regulations prompted Ecuador to open a “humanitarian corridor” to the Peruvian border, with 35 busloads on the way, Ecuadoran Interior Minister Mauro Toscanini said Friday.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans seeking to enter Peru are at risk of being stranded in Ecuador and Colombia, which are already struggling to cope with the heavy migrant burden.

 
Doomberg

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I am Doomberg, one of the original founding members of Sparta Report, and have been here since the beginning. I am an insatiable news junkie and enjoy reading and writing about the US territories, the Caribbean, video games, smartphones, and of course conservative politics in general.

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