The Presidential Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Julio Borges, condemned the expulsion of 55 Venezuelans by the Chilean government and assured that the act violates the principle of non-refoulement.
“It does not comply with international refugee protection agreements, since it returns them to a country where there is no respect for human rights,” he said through his Twitter account.
Borges reported that the expulsion carried out this Tuesday is the first flight of fifteen scheduled by Chile to expel 1,800 foreigners, mostly Venezuelans.
“This plan contemplates a disvestiture of funds, that could be invested in a migrant regularization plan that would generate greater benefits,” he said.
The Commissioner made a respectful call to the Chilean government to repeal the deportation plan and understand the suffering to which Venezuelans are subjected.
“Venezuelans are not ordinary migrants, they are refugees, fleeing a devastated country and seeking refuge from hunger and the repression that Maduro means,” he said.
Furthermore, he expressed that the Legitimate Government is developing the “Brothers” program that aims to contribute to the comprehensive regularization of migrants.
“We are doing everything possible so that Venezuelans are received with brotherhood and solidarity, that is why we regret that events like these occur,” he said.
Borges called on the countries of the world to understand the migration crisis with a humane and supportive approach, without forgetting that the culprit of the whole situation is the dictator Nicolás Maduro.
“As long as the dictator is in power, Venezuelan migration will not stop,” he concluded.