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The U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance for people fleeing crisis in Venezuela.
The U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance for people fleeing crisis in Venezuela.
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Key Developments

President Biden announced additional humanitarian and development funding for the Venezuela regional crisis at the Summit of the Americas on June 10.

Price increases for agricultural inputs and imported food commodities due to the Government of the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine threaten to exacerbate food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Government of Ecuador issued an executive decree on June 1 to begin a second regularization process for Venezuelan migrants and refugees who entered Ecuador through formal entry points.

The UN World Food Program reaches nearly 119,000 people with emergency food assistance via school feeding programs in Venezuela in April.

Background

Since 2014, deteriorating economic and political conditions in Venezuela—marked by devastating hyperinflation, shortages of basic medicines, and limited food availability—have contributed to increasing humanitarian needs.  The 2021 UN Humanitarian Response Plan identified food security, health, nutrition, and protection as urgent needs inside Venezuela.  Severe food and medicine shortages have led Venezuelans to flee to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and also to Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and Caribbean and Central American countries. The UN estimates that more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2014, and the migration is straining the capacity of some host communities, particularly in border areas of Brazil and Colombia. 

 

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Last updated: June 27, 2022

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