The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday that it has allocated another 10 million euros to deal with the migration and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
The aid will be used to support the consolidation of national institutions, civil society organizations and host communities in the most affected bordering countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, according to an EC statement.
In particular, the assistance will be focused on strengthening the registration and identification capacities of immigrants and refugees, financing measures to reduce tensions and risk of violence with host communities, as well as addressing the vulnerability of women, girls and children threatened by human trafficking for sexual purposes and labor exploitation.
Last March the EU announced that it would allocate 50 million euros to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, an amount to invest in areas such as access to drinking water and education.
HIGH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EU MET WITH COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT
The high representative for the Foreign Policy of the European Union (EU), Federica Mogherini, held in Colombia today a meeting with the president of the country, Iván Duque, in which the challenges related to the reception of refugees and migrants from Venezuela were addressed, according to the same note.
Colombia is the country that hosts the largest number of displaced Venezuelans, almost 1.5 million, according to the latest estimates.
In total, more than four million Venezuelans have left the country in the last two years after the deterioration of the socio-economic, political and security situation in Venezuela.