According to the United Nations as of February 2019, approximately 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their homes to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru.
For thousands of Venezuelans, leaving their home country isn't just another story of migration, it's a matter of survival.
Once considered one of the most prosperous countries in the region, almost 90% of Venezuela's population now live in poverty. Every day it's estimated 35,000 people cross from Venezuela into neighbouring countries including Colombia and Brazil. Half of them are children. Some travel alone and others with their families, but all are fleeing life-threatening poverty and insecurity to seek a brighter, opportunity-rich future.
We are coordinating with our national offices in Brazil, Colombia and Peru to address the needs of 15,582 refugees and migrants capitalizing on the expertise of local response teams in each country.