Venezuela’s Migration Crisis


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Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst migration crises the hemisphere has ever seen. An estimated 500,000 Venezuelans have fled the country in the past two years alone due to worsening economic conditions, extreme shortages of food and medical supplies, and political repression by President Maduro’s regime. This mass migration has significant implications for the rest of the Americas. Neighboring countries—notably, Colombia and Brazil—are already showing signs of strain, and there is little indication of a coordinated regional response. 

How might the crisis continue to evolve? How can regional governments more effectively work together to address this challenge? What role should the United States take in coordinating a response strategy? The Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action and the Inter-American Dialogue are pleased to host a panel of distinguished experts to explore these and other questions and to discuss the future of the Venezuelan migration crisis.

Follow this event on Twitter at #VenezuelanMigration and @The_Dialogue.


Shannon O’Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies; Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)

Dany Bahar

David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution (@dany_bahar)

Francisca Vigaud-Walsh

Senior Advocate for Women and Girls, Refugees International (@cubanahumana)


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)


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