Since 2015, almost two million Venezuelans have fled their country in response to a growing crisis characterized by political repression, economic collapse, acute food and medicine shortages, and little prospect for change. Although the current regional response has reflected a laudable solidarity among Venezuela’s neighbors, it is straining under both the wave of migrants and emerging backlash from domestic populations. With no end in sight to the crisis in Venezuela and the forced exodus of its citizens, the situation demands a bold and coordinated response from the international community.
To discuss the Venezuelan forced migration crisis and potential solutions, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are pleased to host, “The Americas’ Refugee Crisis: Responding to Forced Migration from Venezuela.” The event will feature the presentation of a new report by CIGI and the Dialogue’s Venezuela Working Group, as well as a panel of experts for a discussion.
President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)
Director, Global Security and Politics Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation (@FenHampson)
Chair, World Refugee Council (@LloydAxworthy)
Co-coordinator of the Working Group to Address the Regional Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees, Organization of American States (OAS) (@BeticaMunozPogo)
Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region, UNHCR and IOM; Councillor, World Refugee Council
President, Migration Policy Institute (@SeleeAndrew)
Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)