Operation: Opération: Venezuela



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
6,000 people with international protection needs will be identified and channeled to the asylum procedure or alternative migratory pathways
5,000 people with specific needs will be counselled, assessed and channeled to the appropriate services,  including legal assistance for 1,000 persons
2,000 police and border officials trained on international refugee law and the national legal framework
100 mixed community-based interventions will be implemented in prioritized communities in urban and rural areas
3 bi-national protection networks, with Brazil, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, will be supported
2016 end-year results
2,450 border guards and government officials were trained on refugee protection
1,580 asylum applicants were provided with information on the Government’s status determination procedures
370 PoC were provided with information on conditions of return
210 advocacy interventions were made on SGBV prevention and response

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 172,957
2015 173,989
2014 174,027


[["Refugees",7861],["Refugee-like situation",164192],["Asylum-seekers",904]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

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.