The EU-Canada immigration initiative is hostile: Venezuela

President’s government Nicolas Maduro Last Tuesday refused to hold a conference where aspects related to mass migration Venezuelans and its influence on the region, considering it a “hostile event” against the country.

Venezuela “rejects the invitation and convening of the so-called International Conference of Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and their Host Countries and Communities (…), which is organized by the governments of Canada and the European Union“With the participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration,” the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Caracas indicated that the activity, which will take place between March 16 and 17 in Brussels, “is taking place in order to search for huge sums of money, as well as being hostile event“Against the country that was subjected to” 929 unilateral coercive criminal measures.

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For the Venezuelan government, the conference is “a show that only serves.” commercial interests From some of its participants, who in similar calls have managed resources in an opaque manner and without any effective accountability to the public opinion they are trying to manipulate.”

It also denounced the Maduro administration.politicization Of international organizations responsible for immigration, as well as manipulation and insolence Detachment from rigor A scientist in the management of immigrant numbers.

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According to the United Nations, some 7.2 million Venezuelans They left the country because of an economic downturn that has raged for seven straight years and saw a respite at the end of 2022, even though inflation remains among the highest in the world.

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It is estimated that of this number about six million emigrated to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Without providing numbers, the government maintains that the number of immigrants is much lower, noting that many of them were returning through the “Plan Vuelta a la Patria”, while other “hundreds of thousands” have returned in recent years Voluntarily, of your own free will.

For its part, the Commission indicated that the conference will bring together representatives of host governments, donors, international organizations, international financial institutions and the private sector, in addition to Refugees and immigrants from Venezuela.

Both UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “today called for increased international support for refugees and migrants from Venezuela and the Latin American and Caribbean communities hosting them,” UNHCR said in a press release on Tuesday. MRI

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