Williams Dávila Barrios, deputy of the National Assembly of Venezuela and president of the International Commission of the Parliament of Mercosur (Parlasur), led a day with legislators from this organism where they addressed the serious crisis of international migrants affecting the region.
As head of the legislative committee, Dávila warned that 5.1 million Venezuelans are outside the country and that this figure could reach seven million by the end of this year.
On this subject, during the virtual day with the head of Parlasur, Oscar Laborde, and legislators from all the countries that make up Parlasur, Dávila regretted that the Cartagena Convention, signed in 1984, is not being respected because they are not granting refugee status, which is the situation in which they (Venezuelans) find themselves.
On this point, the Venezuelan parliamentarian stressed that the term refugee, as the Venezuelan diaspora really conforms, includes a series of conditions that range from non-return to the right to work.
Facing the crisis, inclusion
Tanja Pacífico, head of mission in Uruguay and Paraguay for the United Nations International Organization for Migration, in the same space highlighted the importance of the distinction between refugees and migrants. She stated that this implies different ways of dealing with the phenomenon. “In the situation we find ourselves in, it is fundamental to include everyone,” said the expert in relation to the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pacífico committed to maintain the technical support of the organization representing Mercosur member countries and to support aligned responses that guarantee the human rights of migrants.
Before finishing, Dávila raised the need to resume the creation of the Observatory for Migration, a proposal presented in 2018 before Parlasur and which did not materialize.