South American Crisis: Ecuador Declares State of Emergency as It Receives 4,200 Venezuelan Migrants Each Day

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Ecuador on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in three regions due to an unusually high amount of Venezuelan migrants.

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Migration crisis 

Ecuador on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in three provinces due to an unusually high volume of Venezuelan migrants crossing over the northern border with Colombia after fleeing the OPEC nation’s economic crisis, Reuters reports.

The South American country said this week it started receiving 4,200 Venezuelan migrants each day. It, however, did not say how many had been arriving earlier and why the numbers may have increased.

“The government of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency related to human migration in the provinces of Carchi, Pichincha and El Oro to provide urgent attention to the Venezuelan migrants on the northern border,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. The state of emergency will last through August.

The immigrants are arriving at Ecuador’s border with Colombia as does not share a border with Ecuador.

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During the emergency, the government will expedite the deployment of doctors and social workers to attend to the immigrants’ needs. The police will also provide support for immigration proceedings.

Migration itself is not new — in the early years of the 21st century, Venezuelans of means and skilled workers left the country, many of them dismayed with the government of late President Hugo Chavez. Earlier the official statistics said more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have left their country.

But in recent years the outflow has changed in makeup and size. More than a million people have left to live in Colombia during the last 15 months. And the protracted economic, political, and social crises that wrack the country have pushed ever more Venezuelans out of their homes.

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Source: Skye Gould/Business Insider

Between 2014 and 2018, Venezuelans have made 185,783 asylum claims in neighboring countries, according to a May update released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Another 523,423 have benefited from other forms of protection or alternative legal status.


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