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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

The UN released the 2022 Regional Response Management Plan in mid-December, requesting nearly $1.8 billion in humanitarian funding for the response to the Venezuela regional crisis.

More than 6 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees have fled Venezuela, making it the second largest displacement crisis globally after Syria. An estimated 7 million people inside Venezuela will require humanitarian assistance in the coming year, according to the 2022 UN Global Humanitarian Overview.

With USAID/BHA and other donor funding, WFP reached nearly 450,000 Venezuelans and host country nationals in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in October.

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: January 12, 2022

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