The OAS General Secretariat’s Commissioner for the Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Crisis, David Smolansky, reported that Venezuelans are the fourth largest population in terms of refugee applications in Mexico.
Smolansky said that in the first six months of 2020 alone, Mexico is has 2,014 requests for asylum.
Venezuela is behind only to Cuba, Haiti and Honduras in that country’s requests for asylum.
“Currently there are more than 73,000 Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Mexico,” the commissioner said through his Twitter account.
The increase in Venezuelan refugees in Mexico skyrocketed in a very short period of time, representing a phenomenon never before seen by the Mexican government. According to the Mexican Refugee Aid Commission (Comar), by the end of 2019, Venezuela had surpassed the number of requests of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Special Permission to Stay in Colombia
Smolansky reminded Venezuelans in Colombia that their PEP is about to expire, and that they should begin the process of renewing it through the Migración Colombia website.
The Commissioner warned Venezuelan migrants that there is an opportunity to renew their residence permits until August 14th.
“There are more than 281,000 Venezuelan migrants who must renew their PEP,” he said.