Refugees in several Latin American countries have joined the organized national response to curb the spread of the coronavirus as part of the United Nations’ commitment to unite for public health.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that “thousands” of refugees have already participated in medical operations in different countries, while “many more are ready to support them and do the communities where they live” in the words of an agency spokeswoman, Shabia Mantoo.
The organization is determined to support this integration provided that it uses the skills of those who have been forced to leave their country at a given time. Venezuela, from which almost 5 million migrants and refugees come, would be the main representative of the wasted potential and regional “solidarity”.
Several Latin American countries have approved special measures to facilitate the recruitment of foreigners, even in cases where title validation is pending, Mantoo said in a statement.