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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?
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Dany Bahar @dany_bahar
Economist & Fellow, Brookings Institution
Fabiola Rondón Delgado
Attorney & Human Rights Activist
Alessandro Rampietti @rampietti
Reporter, Al Jazeera English
Latin-America's worst-ever refugee crisis: Venezuelans - The Washington Post
Venezuela's refugee crisis: Views from the border - Brookings
Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis - The Associated Press
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