USD 1.44 Billion Needed to Support Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela amid COVID-19

Date Publish: 
12/10/2020

Geneva – Today, IOM, the International Organization for Migration, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launch a USD 1.44 billion regional plan to respond to the growing needs of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and the communities hosting them, across 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

There are approximately 5.4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela around the world, the vast majority hosted by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The onset of COVID-19 has dangerously strained national and local capacities across the region. Many refugees and migrants and their host communities now face a myriad of new challenges that worsen their already precarious conditions.

Lockdowns, loss of livelihoods and impoverishment are forcing many to become increasingly dependent on emergency humanitarian assistance for their health, shelter, food, protection and education needs.  The impact of the pandemic is also resulting in a dramatic increase of gender-based violence and mental health needs, food insecurity, malnutrition and incidents of stigmatization.

Rising rates of evictions are also leaving many homeless and dependent on temporary accommodation provided by humanitarian organizations.

For refugees and migrants living in irregular situations, the struggle to access basic rights is even more acute. The 2021 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) is being launched today to meet these evolving needs.

“Prolonged, but necessary lockdown measures and mobility restrictions have had a detrimental impact on refugees’ and migrants’ capacity to maintain livelihoods and access to basic goods and services. Many have lost their livelihoods and simultaneously are not systematically included in social safety nets that have been established for local populations,” said Eduardo Stein, Joint Special Representative of UNHCR and IOM for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.

Their dire situation has led some people to consider returning to Venezuela, often in unsafe conditions, raising additional protection and health concerns.  At the same time, the number of Venezuelans continuing to leave their country has also increased in recent weeks as lockdown measures ease and conditions there continue to deteriorate.

As borders remain closed, these movements take place mainly through irregular border crossings, exposing refugees and migrants to danger and great risk of physical and sexual abuse, discrimination as well as exploitation and trafficking.

Despite the challenges, there have been encouraging examples across the region of host countries working to ensure the inclusion of refugees and migrants in national responses to the pandemic, on par with their citizens.

Refugees and migrants are also supporting responses, with some working on the frontlines as health workers or disseminating information within their communities.

“The response plan announced today requires the continuous and increased commitment of the international community and the private sector to respond to this crisis. Refugees and migrants from Venezuela and their hosts require our collective support more than ever – both in terms of urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance, but also for development assistance to support local communities and long-term solutions,” added Stein.

The 2021 RMRP intends to further strengthen the national and regional responses of host governments by supporting health, shelter, food, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, as well as access to education, protection and integration where specific assistance and expertise is required, or where the governments’ own response capacities are overstretched.

The response plan brings together 158 organizations involved in the response, including United Nations agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, civil society, faith-based organizations, and the Red Cross Movement.

To know more about the RMRP 2021, please visit:

http://rmrp.r4v.info/

Join the launch event at 10.00 am (Panama time)

English: https://app.eventovirtual.co/platformr4v/global-launch-ceremony---region...

Spanish: https://app.eventovirtual.co/plataformar4v/ceremonia-de-lanzamiento-glob...

 

For more information, please contact:

In Panama,

Daniela Rovina, IOM (drovina@iom.int) +507 6312-8294

William Spindler, UNHCR (spindler@unhcr.org) +507 6382 7815

Olga Sarrado, UNHCR (sarrado@unhcr.org) +507 6640 0185

 

In Geneva,

Angela Wells, IOM (awells@iom.int) +41 79 403 5365

Shabia Mantoo, UNHCR (mantoo@unhcr.org) +41 79 337 7650

Tags: 
R4V, response for Venezuelans, venezuelans, Venezuela

Last thematic webinars related to the Regional Review of the Global Compact on Migration

Date Publish: 
18 / 01 / 2021

San Jose -  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), jointly with other agencies, funds and programmes (AFPs) from the United Nations Network on Migration, invite governments, regional processes, civil society organizations and the general audience to participate in the last two sessions of the series of five information webinars organized as part of the regional review of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordely and Regular Migration.

Every webinar addresses one of five thematic areas that group the 23 objectives of the Compact. The purpose of these webinars is to raise awareness and inform all relevant stakeholders, including governments and civil society, about the objectives of the Compact and its corresponding commitments.
 
The regional review of the Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a first opportunity for a debate led by States on the implementation of the Global Compact that will:
 
enable governments, regional processes and platforms and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, diasporas and migrants to undertake a first assessment of progress made in implementing the Global Compact;
serve as a forum in which challenges and opportunities will be highlighted, gaps identified, regional priorities discussed and resource requirements for implementing the Global Compact identified;
provide a common platform for interaction among all relevant stakeholders, the exchange of lessons learned and best practices, and promoting peer learning within the region, building on other coordination processes in the region that might enrich the review of the Global Compact;
facilitate the formulation of key findings and recommendations to inform the 2022 International Migration Review Forum; 
consider the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the implementation of the Global Compact.

 

To join the upcoming webinars:

Webinar #4 – 21 January, 2021

 

Click here to register.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the information to join the webinar.

Spanish-English interpretation will be available.

 

Webinar #5 – 28 January, 2021

Click here to register.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the information to join the webinar.

Spanish-English interpretation will be available.

 

Both webinars will also be broadcast through the IOM Facebook page for the Caribbean: https://www.facebook.com/IOMCaribbean1

 

To learn more about the Review of the Global Compact, visit https://migrationnetwork.un.org

For more information on the events contact Rudi Maxwald, email: rmaxwald@iom.int