Operation: Opération: Venezuela



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

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
2017 planning figures
54,000 people will receive residence permits
1,450 applicants will be provided with information on government status determination procedures
770 people of concern will receive cash grants
450 people will be referred to secondary and tertiary medical care

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.