The Commissioner of the OAS Secretary General for the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis, David Smolansky, arrived in Brazil on Monday to hold meetings with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in that country.
Smolansky will begin his official visit in Sao Paulo, where he will meet with Venezuelan migrants and organizations that provide humanitarian assistance in the area. He will also visit the Venezuelan refugee camps in Boa Vista, a town located 200 kilometers from the border where tens of thousands of Venezuelans have arrived in the last 3 years fleeing the dictatorship.
“We started in Brazil the work tables that we will have with Venezuelan migrants and refugees throughout the region. What we are looking for in these meetings is to verify the current situation of the displaced Venezuelans in the host countries and to continue promoting care policies that respond to their needs and facilitate their insertion into the productive life of those territories”, said Smolansky.
The OAS Commissioner will also hold meetings with the Brazilian authorities in Brasilia and will offer a presentation at the University of São Paulo on the situation of the exile that 4.5 million Venezuelans face today, of which more than 170,000 are in Brazil.
“From the OAS we continue to articulate efforts with the Brazilian government to provide attention to the Venezuelans who are in this territory today, but we will also take the opportunity to continue exposing the causes of this unprecedented human avalache in the region and denounce Maduro’s dictatorship as only one responsible for the dismemberment of the Venezuelan family”, concluded Smolansky.