GG News Bureau
UNITED NATIONS, 7th Dec. UN refugee agency on Wednesday said that it needs $1.59 billion next year to assist 3 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela and communities in 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries that are hosting them in an appeal on behalf of aid partners.
UNHCR said that the funding will support access to asylum procedures, migratory regularization activities and socio-economic integration “so that refugees, migrants and host communities can achieve stability and a brighter future.”
According to UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration who co-lead the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela
The partners provided humanitarian assistance and protection, and implemented socio-economic integration programmes, for more than two million people Venezuelans and members of host communities.
An R4V assessment found that 4 million refugees and migrants “still have pressing humanitarian, protection and integration needs” and one in three do not have regular status or the necessary documentation to access decent jobs, healthcare services, housing or education.
Over 7.7 million Venezuelans have left their homeland and the majority over 6.5 million – reside in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The agencies noted that governments and communities across the region continue to provide opportunities for them to settle and rebuild their lives, and over 60 per cent have regularized their status.