THE CONFLICT SHEET OF THE VENEZUELAN DIASPORA
March 10th, 2020
Venezuelan democrats around the world hold Nicolás Maduro and his usurper regime responsible for the institutional collapse and complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 4.8 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014. The OAS Working Group on Migration warns that if this trend continues, by 2020, Venezuelan migration will increase to 8 million people, making it the largest refugee crisis in the world, cynically denied by those in power.
Maduro’s regime, turned into a criminal conglomerate, whose illegitimacy of origin and action has caused it to be ignored by most democratic countries in the world, has demonstrated its inability to solve the urgent needs of the Venezuelan diaspora today. This proven inefficiency translates into slow and bureaucratic procedures that generate corrupt practices by unscrupulous officials and promote the action of mafias that mediate around these needs:
ACCESS TO IDENTIFICATION: Venezuelans abroad have their fundamental rights to identification violated, such as: obtaining or renewing passports, identity cards, insertion of minors, desertion of the dead, and others.
– LEGAL STATUS: without the necessary documentation, we migrants cannot legalize our labor, business, academic or family status in the receiving countries.
– OBTAINING VISAS: this procedure requires prior cumbersome procedures with dysfunctional agencies of the regime.
– REFUGE AND PROTECTION: the forced escape from the country to survive forces us to request applications for refuge status whose processing can last several years and some migrants are rejected, leaving them helpless.
– FAMILY INTEGRATION: many Venezuelans are forced to leave their children and parents in Venezuela with other relatives, while they migrate and are able to stabilize their economic situation, but the difficulty of obtaining visas often prevents families from being reunited.
– RESPECTABLE WORK: when they cannot regularize their situation in the destination countries, many Venezuelans are forced to work illegally, without work benefits or adequate remuneration, leaving them exposed to labor exploitation.
– CERTIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF TITLES AND GRADES: in addition to the difficulties to legalize and stamp academic documents, Venezuelans find in other countries significant barriers for the homologation of degrees and grades, which makes the professional practice and the continuation of studies difficult.
– SUPPRESSION OF DISCRIMINATION AND XENOPHOBIA: these practices have occurred in some countries receiving Venezuelan immigration, it is necessary to demand and establish norms that allow them to be overcome.
– ACCESS TO THE BANKING SYSTEM: the requirements to open accounts abroad are usually very rigorous for Venezuelans, which makes it necessary to agree on a standardization in this area.
– PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS: Venezuelans abroad cannot collect these benefits, because they do not have access to the banking system, because they cannot process their life faith, or simply because the regime suspended them, thus worsening their already precarious living conditions.
– INSCRIPTION AND UPDATE OF THE PERMANENT ELECTORAL REGISTRY: For the dictatorship it has been a political maneuver to deny the right of Venezuelans abroad to this procedure, depriving them of the constitutional right to vote.
To overcome this dramatic situation, it is indispensable to achieve political and democratic change in Venezuela.
We Venezuelans abroad assume the organization and mobilization of each one of us in a unitary struggle that allows us to put an end to the suffering of our society.
By supporting this conflict, we accept the responsibility of activating ourselves, so that the serious situation we are suffering is visualized and the international pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is increased, until free and guaranteed presidential elections are achieved; contributing to achieve the restoration of democracy and the reconstruction of our country.