The Organization of American States (OAS) predicted this Thursday that the migratory crisis in Venezuela will amount to seven million people in the first quarter of 2022.
In a report, the OAS detailed that “between 700 and 900 Venezuelans flee daily on uneven roads “as the borders remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, he indicated that so far more than 5.6 million people left Venezuelan territory, what the Organization of American States defined as “the largest exile crisis in the history of the region“, only globally behind Syria, with 6.7 million displaced.
The head of the OAS working group in charge of the migration crisis in Venezuela, David Smolansky, explained that the 5.6 million displaced people exceed the total population of countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Norway or Ireland, among others. .
Within this framework, the OAS pointed out that there are Venezuelan migrants who traveled more than 3,500 kilometers on foot since they left their homes “to reach other countries and meet their basic needs.”
Those known as “walkers” have crossed distances equivalent to those between Madrid, Spain, and Helsinki, in Finland.
The report also mentions the human rights abuses that would be taking place in Venezuela, with more than 18,000 extrajudicial executions committed by the security forcesAccording to data from the OAS, which uses press reports and estimates from international organizations and agencies to support its complaints.
According to an OAS report, the Venezuelan exodus could amount to 7 million people at the beginning of 2022.
The document, which has more than 600 testimonies from migrants and refugees, indicates that the Venezuelans “flee daily “by five fundamental reasons: “Complex Humanitarian Emergency”, “Generalized Violence”, “Collapse of Public Services”, “Economic Collapse” and the “high cost of living”.
Finally, the report highlights that, despite the recent International Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees, “financing for this crisis is one tenth of what has been contributed to address the crisis in Syria.”
“While aid to Syrian refugees averages $ 5,000 per person, in the case of Venezuelan refugees it is $ 480,” he concludes.
With information from DPA