Operation: Opération: Venezuela



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
5,000 people of concern will be supported with hygiene kits
2,500 people with specific needs will be assessed and supported
1,160 people will be supported with supplementary feeding
381 activities benefiting people of concern and host communities will be implemented
50 reported SGBV incidents for which survivors will receive psychological counselling
25 water system interventions will be carried out
5 safe space networks will be supported
4 binational protection networks will be supported 
2017 year-end results
2,420 asylum-seekers received information on government RSD procedures
1,850 border guards and government officials were trained on International Refugee Law
750 people of concern with specific needs were counselled on referral pathways and supported with material assistance
240 people of concern were referred to secondary and tertiary medical care
200 people of concern used existing government complaint mechanisms to claim their rights
120 Colombian people of concern were provided with safe and dignified return transportation

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2018 67,434
2017 123,714
2016 172,957


[["Refugees",8463],["Refugee-like situation",58826],["Asylum-seekers",142],["Returned refugees",3]]
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  • 2018
  • 2019

Working environment

The economic situation, added to the challenging social and political context, has resulted in the departure of thousands of Venezuelans abroad. Likewise, there has been an increase in Venezuelan population moving from states in the interior of the country to border areas, as well as an increase in commuting or cross-border movements of Venezuelan and Colombian nationals in the border area with Colombia. These populations cross temporarily to buy basic articles and medicines, to access medical care or to seek job opportunities. In 2017, the accessibility of food in the country has become more challenging, mainly due high inflation and related high prices. The state programme of food assistance through food bags to the families with critical specific needs, although important, is not sufficient. The situation poses a heightened risk of malnutrition particularly among children. The capacity of the health sector is also of growing concern due to the scarcity of medicines, equipment, and health professionals.
In this context, and despite access to social assistance programmes and services subsidized by the Venezuelan government in the past, the living conditions of the close to 7,900 refugees and some 900 asylum-seekers have deteriorated. Of great concern is also the situation of some 160,000 people in a refugee-like situation, who have not yet accessed the asylum system and remain undocumented in various parts of the country.

Key priorities

Within the framework of the Brazil Plan of Action, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Borders: Strengthening of national and binational protection networks to provide information, protection and humanitarian assistance to people in need of international protection with specific needs, host communities or commuting individuals or groups;
  • Community-based interventions: Adoption of a community-based approach to respond to the protection risks and basic needs of refugees and host communities and strengthening of inter-institutional coordination, information management and communication with communities.
  • Asylum: Strengthening the capacity of State institutions to provide international protection for asylum-seekers and refugees;
  • Solutions: Facilitating the voluntary return and promoting the legal integration of refugees in the country through documentation and naturalization.
Latest contributions
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  • Kuwait
  • 05-JUL-2019
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  • European Union
  • Japan
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  • 30-JUN-2019

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