$1.72B plan launched to support Venezuelans on the move in Latin America and the Caribbean

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants stranded in Panama City. (Photo via IOM)

Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago among countries participating in the plan

(United Nations News) Two UN agencies launched on Thursday, a $1.72 billion regional plan to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 

Co-led by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V), aims to respond to the needs of millions who cannot afford three meals a day; lack safe and decent housing; face hurdles in accessing medical care; or are unable to work to support themselves and their families. 

“Refugees and migrants from Venezuela cannot be forgotten”, said Eduardo Stein, Joint Special Representative of UNHCR and IOM for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants. 

In addition to social welfare programmes, the funding being sought will complement and support host governments’ efforts, while also promoting socio-economic integration through access to employment, education, and efforts to provide full protection as refugees. 

By providing effective integration and the necessary financial stability, Venezuelans will be able to contribute to the development of the countries that have generously welcomed them.

Read more at: United Nations News

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