Increase the visibility of the second largest displacement crisis in the world, that of Venezuelans fleeing the dictatorship, and emphasizing the need for an urgent response to address this situation, gathered world leaders this Thursday during the International Conference of Donors in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, convened by Canada in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration.
“Hearing the testimony of the authorities of the receiving countries, raised the need to advance in the regularization of Venezuelan migrants as a fundamental step to improve the living conditions of the more than 5 million people displaced by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” said the Venezuelan ambassador to Costa Rica, María Faria, at the conclusion of the virtual day in which international donors pledged $ 1.5 billion in financing, including $ 954 million in grants and $ 600 million in loans.
The Ambassador thanked the demonstration of solidarity from the democratic countries that translates into funding for immediate humanitarian assistance that includes: shelter, food, water, sanitation and hygiene, healthcare, and protection for those affected by the crisis. She also supported the long-term development of mechanisms to improve access to quality education and the integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, as well as to strengthen public services in host countries and communities.
“Being able to channel these resources simultaneously with refugee protection policies, in addition to facilitating safe and orderly migration, greatly contributes to addressing phenomena that are affecting our fellow citizens such as xenophobia, sexual and labor exploitation, abuse and limitations to access medical attention, a sensitive aspect in the midst of the pandemic,” she declared.