The European Union, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration, will co-host the International solidarity conference for Venezuela and the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis on 28-29 October in Brussels.
Opening Remarks: Federica Mogherini
It is estimated that, so far, approximately 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled as a result of the political turmoil, socio-economic instability and humanitarian crisis in their home country – Venezuela.
Antonio Vitorino, Director General of IOM
The international community is actively involved in supporting the host countries bearing the burden of the refugee and migrant crisis. Access to documentation and legal stay arrangements are being facilitated, while emergency assistance and basic relief items are being provided to meet urgent needs in the areas of shelter, health care and food. In addition, efforts are being made to ensure access to education and other forms of support aimed at fostering the inclusion of Venezuela refugees and migrants in their host communities.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. International solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis
The International solidarity conference is organised to mobilise support in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis, and to demonstrate solidarity of the international community to the affected host countries.