Venezuela to request UNHCR pronouncement on migrants

AVN:–  Venezuela will request the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a United Nations agency, to pronounce on the social protection policies that this country provides to the 6,500,000 Colombian, Peruvian and Ecuadorian migrants residing in the country, announced on Wednesday the Vice President of Communication, Culture and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez.

“Venezuela is going to address the UN Office for Refugees, so that it can take action in this matter, so that this Office will disappoint the governments of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador and tell them how much you have spent in the care” of Venezuelan migrants, said from the Miraflores Palace. He then highlighted that Venezuela will report on “how many billions of dollars every year it has to provide a dignified service to the 6 million refugees of these three countries.”

Rodríguez questioned the media campaign on Venezuelan migration. “They stop lying, they are 6 and a half million people from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador who live in Venezuela, Venezuela is the continent’s country that has received and continues to receive more refugees from other countries.

” He stressed that the transfer of Venezuelans to other nations of the world is used “in a barbaric, criminal, racist and xenophobic manner by governments that foment hatred toward Venezuelans through the media.”

Social protection for migrants

Rodriguez pointed out that the Venezuelan State allocates more than 3 billion dollars in health programs, education, food, public services and fuel for foreign citizens, especially for Colombians.

He explained that 20% of the buildings built by the Great Housing Mission Venezuela (GMVV), that is, 438,110 residences, are delivered to Colombians, while 1,000,000 boxes of the Local Committees for Supply and Production (Clap) are assigned to Colombian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian families.

In free medical attention, he highlighted that annually Barrio Adentro carries out 11,220,000 consultations to Colombian citizens living in Venezuela; 306 surgical interventions; 2,652 ophthalmological consultations and 6,606 dental consultations in the states of Amazonas, Apure, Táchira and Zulia.

“We never treated someone with xenophobia like they treat our brothers in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia,” he said. He also indicated that 582,000 children of Colombian parents were born in Venezuela “and none have been treated with signs of racism.”

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