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|2019 year-end figures|
|48,000||people received basic relief items, such as water, diapers, toilet paper, energy bars, salty cookies, sunscreen and mosquito repellent|
|15,000||Venezuelan refugees and migrants received cash transfers and vouchers to cover their basic needs|
|11,000||medical consultations were provided for people of concern in Arequipa, Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna and Tumbes|
|7,500||people of concern were reached through six rounds of protection monitoring, which included provision of information and referral to specialized services according to their needs|
|400||women, men and children living with HIV were referred to specialized national health services|
|68||organizations actively participated in regular meetings of the inter-agency national response for Venezuelans platform|
|2020 planning figures|
|>8,370||vulnerable households will receive multipurpose cash grants|
|>2,000||monitoring visits will be conducted and reported|
|15||reception centres will be improved or maintained|
|10||peaceful co-existence projects will be implemented|
People of Concern
Working environmentPeru is the main host country for Venezuelans seeking refugee status. Of the 860,000 Venezuelans residing in Peru, all of whom are considered people of concern to UNHCR, 377,000 have sought asylum.
Despite the large influx, Peru has maintained a generous policy vis-à-vis Venezuelan nationals. However, social services are overstretched and cannot address adequately the increasing needs of Peruvian nationals, Venezuelans and others residing in the country. Therefore, asylum-seekers and people holding temporary stay permits rarely have access to social security programmes or to free health services, which are meant only for those in extreme poverty. This is of concern to Venezuelans with serious or chronic medical conditions who cannot access affordable treatment.
Several protection concerns were identified during protection monitoring exercises, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), human trafficking, limited access to dignified housing, exploitative labour conditions, and lack of standard procedures for the protection of unaccompanied and separated children.
To support the Government’s operational response, UNHCR and IOM set up an inter-agency Working Group on Refugees and Migrants (GTRM) with 60 partners, including UN agencies, non-government, civil society organisations and donors. UNHCR works with more than ten national and international NGO partners supporting the implementation of the protection and solution strategy.
- Improve access to territory and reduce the risk of refoulement through the provision of information to some 30,000 people of concern;
- Improve reception conditions through establishing and maintaining more than 15 receptions centres and through monitoring of the situation of 2,000 people of concern;
- Support more than 8,370 vulnerable households with multipurpose cash grants;
- Provide at least 250 SGBV survivors with psychosocial counselling;
- Implement more than 10 peaceful coexistence projects to strengthen peaceful co-existence with local communities;
- Improve the self-reliance and livelihoods of people of concern through the provision of more than 400 sectoral cash grants for livelihoods.