Number of refugees, migrants from Venezuela reaches 3.4 million: UN

The number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela worldwide now stands at 3.4 million, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), announced Friday.

The UN agencies in a statement cited data from national immigration authorities and other sources, noting that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are hosting an estimated 2.7 million Venezuelans, while other regions account for the rest. On average, during 2018, an estimated 5,000 people left Venezuela every day in search of protection or a better life.

The statement said Latin American countries have granted some 1.3 million residence permits and other forms of regular status to Venezuelans and reinforced their asylum systems to process an unprecedented number of asylum applications. Since 2014, more than 390,000 asylum claims have been lodged by Venezuelans, over 230,000 in 2018 alone.

Source: VOV5