Ipiales, Colombia – April 17, 2018. The political and humanitarian crisis affecting Venezuela has accelerated the number of Venezuelans who are fleeing their country. (GETTY/JOSE MAFIA)
May 24, 2018
Latin-America is in the middle of a major refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flee their country, seeking economic and political stability.
The epicenter of the crisis is along the Colombian and Venezuelan border where roughly 35,000 Venezuelans cross into Colombia every day in search of work, food, or medicine. It’s believed that 3,000 to 5,000 people who make the daily sojourn, end up staying in Colombia or from there make their way to other countries.
The mass exodus is fueled in part by Venezuela’s collapsing economy, which analysts blame on soaring inflation caused by poor policy and government oversight.
Meanwhile, human rights activists worry the problem isn’t getting enough attention from international aid groups because organisations are busy with the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises.
So as Venezuelans continue to flee, how can the international community respond to the growing problem?