How Latin America Is Responding to the Venezuelan Exodus
Francisco Carrión Mena, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States
Frieda Roxana Del Águila Tuesta, Superintendent of Migration, Peru
Feline Freier, Professor of political science, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru
Felipe Muñoz, Advisor to the President of Colombia for the Colombian-Venezuelan Border
Andrew Selee, President, Migration Policy Institute
In recent years, more than 3 million Venezuelans have fled in response to the deepening political and economic crisis in their country, becoming one of the largest and fastest outflows anywhere in the world. More than 80 percent of these migrants and refugees have settled in other Latin American countries or in the Caribbean. For the most part, countries in the region have opened their doors to the Venezuelans, finding creative ways to incorporate them into local economies and societies by regularizing their status and giving them access to public services. Still, this generous welcome is being tested amid growing recognition these arrivals will be more than short-term guests.
In this webinar, senior representatives of the governments—Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, which are home to more than half of the Venezuelan migrants and refugees—discussed their countries' responses to the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of newcomers. Other experts address the broader trend across the region and the prospects for future policy responses.