Peru’s recent introduction of new migration requirements for Venezuelan migrants appears to be having its desired effect, as the number of Venezuelans entering the country has slowed to one third of what it was before the new regulations came into effect on August 25.
According to the country’s chief migration officer, Eduardo Sevilla, the number of Venezuelans entering Peru fell from an average of 3,500 per day before August 25, to an average of 1,250 after.
Prior to August 25, Venezuelans entering Peru had only to present a piece of identification to make it through the border. Faced with an unprecedented influx of migrants, Peru decided to demand valid passports from migrants. Passports are virtually impossible to get for many Venezuelans, because they are prohibitively expensive, time consuming
In Venezuela, passports are prohibitively expensive for many and time consuming to acquire. Back channels to passports cost as much as $1,000, partially because the regime is unable to meet the demand for the document.
Sevilla also said that there are currently 432,000 Venezuelans living in Peru, and that 10% are under the age of 15.
Maduro Lashes Out at Colombia, Demands “Indemnity” for Residents in Venezuela
Maduro provided his own spin on the ongoing migration crisis in Latin America, doubling down on the assertion that reports of the Venezuelan exodus are grossly exaggerated and that in fact the opposite is true.
Maduro claimed that Venezuela is currently sitting in 2nd place in the continent for number of migrant entries, but provided no evidence or context for the claim.
Maduro also said that “almost” 30% of the Venezuelan population–amounting to some 10 million people–were born outside of the country. The latest national census, which conducted in 2011, shows that in fact only 4.2% of Venezuelans were born outside of the country.
Turning to Colombia, Maduro said that he was going to ask Bogota to bear the cost of all of the social services that Colombian citizens allegedly enjoy in Venezuela. Maduro said:
We’re going to use all of the international mechanisms to demand that the Colombian government indemnify Venezuela for the 5.6 million Colombians who are here and have work, a salary, pensions, social security, public education, homes, healthcare, and who came to Venezuela poor.
The president continued by asserting that “we don’t know of a single case” of a Colombian citizen arriving in Venezuela with money, and that 100% of Colombian arrivals into the country were desperately poor at the time of entry into the country.
Aside from playing a prominent role in the Maduro regime’s pantheon of permanent enemies, Colombia has become a thorn at the side of the regime by becoming the number one destination for Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing the country’s collapse.
As a result, the regime has gone to lengths to attempt to prove that the migration figures are fictitious, and that in fact it is Colombians who are streaming into Venezuela in record numbers.
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