Story based on the testimony of Sandra Flores, a returnee.
Currently, more than 5 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the complex socio-political context. Of those, at least 4 million are in Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to data collected from governments by the Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V).
1. Cameroon and Gabon
That afternoon Samuel must have thought that he had not brought all the water he needed for his mother, while his sister stared blankly at the wooden frame and the brown colour of the mud walls of her Boma. That afternoon it was too hot and they had already run out of food.
Why should we talk about migration and economic reactivation? After several months living with a pandemic and a health emergency, it is essential to invigorate the labour market and generate actions towards economic reactivation and recovery. At the IOM, we believe that sustainable, long-lasting and socially committed initiatives are needed to address the priorities and different necessities that have arisen in the communities, adding social value through the businesses’ capabilities.
Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic: these are just some of the countries in the Central America, North America, and Caribbean region where, since the beginning of the pandemic, groups of migrants have been stranded due to mobility restrictions and the closing of borders. These measures, promulgated by national governments with the aim of containing the international spread of the disease, affected both cross-border migrations to a country of destination and those of return to the community of origin, since they were all interrupted or hindered.