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Duque warns that Venezuelan migrants could reach 7 million if Maduro doesn’t fall “quickly”

May 26, 2020

Colombian President Iván Duque warned this Tuesday that the internal situation could deteriorate even if Nicolás Maduro’s “dictatorship” in Venezuela did not “quickly” make way for a “transition to democracy.” The point is that Venezuelan migrants worldwide, could now reach five million, seven, which is why he asked the international community to tackle the political and humanitarian crisis “in parallel”.

“What we see in Venezuela is the biggest migration and humanitarian crisis that has occurred on our continent in recent history. We are talking about more than five million Venezuelan brothers who have left their country, which is practically 16 percent of the population of this country, “he said during his speech at the donor conference organized by the EU and Spain to raise funds for the Venezuelan diaspora.

Duque has named Colombia, with 1.8 million inhabitants, the country most affected by Venezuelan migration, “which corresponds to 4% of the Colombian population”. To meet their basic health, housing, or education needs, their government had to “apply high-cost measures” that had been around $ 1,000 million a year for the past three years.

Duque warns that Venezuelan migrants could reach 7 million if Maduro doesn’t fall “quickly”
Duque warns that Venezuelan migrants could reach 7 million if Maduro doesn’t fall “quickly”

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno, who recalled that his country welcomes around 400,000 Venezuelan migrants “with affection”, has highlighted the impact on public finances. “This has terribly affected our economy. We were already in a difficult situation due to the waste of a decade in which we had an over-indebted country with a terrible budget deficit,” he said, referring to his predecessor and former ally Rafael. Belt.

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