Solidarity Conference Calls for Action as Venezuelans Depart in Droves


Joint Press Release by the European Union, UNHCR and IOM 

Brussels - The dramatic flight of millions of Venezuelans has resulted in one of the direst displacement crises in the world and the largest in the recent history of the region. Nearly 80 per cent of the approximately 4.5 million Venezuelans who left their country have remained in Latin America or the Caribbean. 

Calling for urgent and concerted action for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, the European Union, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are organising a high-level International Solidarity Conference next week on 28 and 29 October in Brussels. 

The conference will be hosted by Federica Mogherini, High Representative/Vice-President of the European Commission, IOM Director General António Vitorino, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and UNHCR/IOM Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants Eduardo Stein.   

Countries in the region continue to show solidarity towards Venezuelans, ensuring people can move freely, access social services and integrate into local economies and communities – but the capacity and resources of national authorities and host communities are reaching a breaking point. More international support is needed to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants. 

"The European Union and its partners are renewing their commitment to the Venezuelan people. When 4.5 million people are on the move, action is needed and we will keep acting," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.  

“This is a moment to call for even greater support for Venezuelan refugees, migrants and their host communities by the international community. We want to raise awareness about the gravity of this crisis, we want to confirm and increase international support for a regional and coordinated response. The EU is already the leading donor and key political player, providing over €170 million since 2018 in support of the Venezuelan people.” 

“Countries and communities in Latin American and the Caribbean who have welcomed millions of Venezuelans deserve and need our support,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino. “The international community including donors, cooperation agencies and the private sector need to double down to ensure help arrives for the most vulnerable and those supporting them.” 

Ministers and high-level officials from Latin America and the Caribbean and Members States of the European Union will attend together with UN agencies, international cooperation agencies, NGOs, private sector companies, civil society organizations and development actors including international financial institutions.  

“This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together all the actors involved in the response,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. “Together we are sending a strong message to Venezuelan refugees and migrants and their generous hosts in Latin America and the Caribbean, that the world has not forgotten them and that we will support them in their moment of need.” 

The International Solidarity Conference – which brings together humanitarian and development actors, the private sector, civil society, international financial institutions, as well as host and donor governments – aims to raise awareness of the crisis, reaffirm global commitments to host countries and communities, assess best practices and achievements, confirm international support for a coordinated regional response and call for greater international technical and financial cooperation with the region.  

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In Geneva: Liz Throssell, [email protected], + 41 79 33 77 591 
In Geneva: William Spindler, [email protected], +507 63827815 
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Xavier Cifre Quatresols, [email protected], +32 2 297 35 82 

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  • Juan (26) and Genesys (29) carry their daughter across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, one of the main border crossings that connects Colombia and Venezuela.  Approximately 1.4 million Venezuelans are currently in Colombia. Many have their sights set on other South American countries where they hope to start a new life. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM

  • Venezuelans cross the Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar, the most traversed border point connecting Venezuela and Colombia in the Department of Norte de Santander. Approximately 50,000 Venezuelans cross into Colombia through the three official border crossings in this department every day.   Photo: Angela Wells/IOM