Speaking at an event in Brussels today, Eduardo Stein—a representative with ACNUR, the UN Refugee Agency—said that the number of Venezuelan migrants was on track to hit 6.5 million in 2020, a figure that amounts for approximately 20% of the country’s entire population.
The staggering figure is likely to raise alarms throughout Latin America, which has so far borne the brunt of the Venezuelan exodus.
Stein made the comments at the start of a two-day conference in the Belgian capital geared towards calling attention to the Venezuelan migrant crisis. During his remarks, Stein also said:
The Latin American and Caribbean region is facing and unprecedented situation. The reach and complexity of this crisis has global repercussions, including for the European continent. [The crisis] might even threaten [Europe’s] current stability.
Adobe Reverses Course: Licenses Will Remain Active in Venezuela
Software giant Adobe has reversed a July decision to deactivate all user accounts in Venezuela, and now says that the move will not go ahead and user licenses will continue to work in the country into the future.
In its July statement, Adobe said that it was forced to cancel all subscriptions in the country in order to comply with U.S. sanctions against the country. In its statement today, the company said that it managed to receive a special permission from Washington to allow it to continue to provide services to customers in the country.
The company’s July decision was universally panned as short-sighted and draconian, given the fact that Adobe products are vital for many organizations ranging from human rights NGOs to digital media outlets.
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