Nearly 4 million Venezuelans have moved to other Latin American and Caribbean countries over the past few years as Venezuela’s economy imploded and internal political tensions worsened, making this movement the largest forced migration crisis in recent Latin American history and one of the largest emergencies in the world.
These host countries have generally tried to accommodate the arrivals, most offering basic education and emergency health care, as well as legal status for many. But as the exodus from Venezuela continues, some governments are beginning to erect barriers to entry and to struggle with the challenges of integrating newcomers into local communities.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is tracking the changing policy landscape and migration trends, and on February 11 will hold a webchat to mark the launch of two resources useful to publics, service providers, and policymakers alike:
- a new Latin American and Caribbean Migration Portal that offers up-to-date, authoritative research and data on migration and policies in the region, and
- a new report examining the migration and integration policy responses of 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to increased Venezuelan and Nicaraguan migration. MPI President Andrew Selee and report co-author Jessica Bolter will be joined by leading experts from the region who will discuss relevant policies, in particular with regards to entry requirements and legal status.