Venezuelan Refugees, Migrants, and Their Hosts Need Help to Chart a Brighter Future

Venezuelan migrants and refugees lining up in Pacaraima, Brazil. Photo: IOM/Gema Cortes

Geneva/Brussels - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urged today increased international support for the refugees and migrants from Venezuela and the communities in Latin America and the Caribbean that host them. 
Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans have left their country in recent years. The vast majority, 6 million, are hosted by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
While various regularization and documentation initiatives have been implemented in the region, allowing access to vital rights and services for many, the international community needs to continue protecting refugees and migrants from Venezuela and investing in the communities hosting them.
Additional funding is required to support and complement the efforts made by neighboring countries to provide options and stability to Venezuelan refugees and migrants and their hosts. They must not be left behind amid the numerous humanitarian crises worldwide. 
Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region continue to struggle to meet the most basic needs, including food, health care, education and housing. The increasing cost of living, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of documentation or regular status, and high unemployment rates have left them particularly vulnerable. 
Now is the time for action, to think of solutions and invest on those who have found opportunities in neighboring countries, while continue providing emergency assistance to the most vulnerable and those on the move as well as enhancing the support to the communities in Venezuela welcoming those who decide to return.
The Government of Canada and the European Union will co-host the high-level International Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and their Host Countries and Communities on 16 and 17 March in Brussels, together with IOM and UNHCR, co-leads of the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V).
The conference will bring together host and donor governments, as well as key actors in the response, including international organizations, civil society, international financial institutions, and the private sector. It will include the participation of affected Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
Note to editors
The 2023 International Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and their Host Countries and Communities will be live streamed on: 

  • Donors committed US$2.3 billion at the 2021 conference.
  • Inside Venezuela, the 2022-2023 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) provides a framework for humanitarian action in the country. The HRP seeks to build capacities at the institutional, community, and individual levels to improve the provision of essential services, restore livelihoods, and strengthen resilience and the capacity to recover of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela.


For more information, please contact:

In Panama:

Gema Cortes, IOM ( +507 6259 4574
William Spindler, UNHCR ( +507 6382 7815

In Brussels:

Ryan Schroeder, IOM ( +32 492 25 02 34
Maeve Patterson, UNHCR ( +32 470 99 54 35

In Geneva:

Diego Perez Damasco, IOM ( + 41 795827235
Olga Sarrado Mur, UNHCR ( +41 7974023047