- The Government of Peru reported that more than 200,000 Venezuelan migrants are currently in the country, most of them with 183-day tourist entry permits, and 36,000 with Temporary Residency Permits.
- The Government of Venezuela lifted the suspension imposed on 5 April 2018 on all flights to Panama. The initial decision had represented a further reduction in the already limited number of international carriers still operating in Venezuela.
- The Government of Brazil led the second operation of voluntary internal relocalization of 233 Venezuelan nationals from Boa Vista (Roraima) to the cities of Manaus and Sao Paulo, which was supported by IOM, UNHCR and UNFPA.
According to new figures released by the National Superintendence of Migration, there are more than 200,000 Venezuelan nationals in Peru, there are more than 200,000 Venezuelan nationals in the country, most under tourist category holding an authorization to stay for 183 days while 36,000 of them have been granted Temporary Residency Permits. The binational border Service Center (CEBAF) Ecuador-Peru is facing a noticeable increase in the number of recent arrivals. IOM teams at this border observe an average of 1,000 crossings per day: approximately 1,200 on 1 May and between 1,200 and 1,400 on 3 May.
Meanwhile, the government of Chile reports that as of 3 May, 14,000 Venezuelan nationals have been registered as part of the 2018 Extraordinary Regularization Processlaunched on 23 April, a numberthat is only surpassed by the Haitian immigrant populationwith 28,000 personsregistered. In parallel, the consulates of Chile in Caracas and Puerto Ordaz continue receiving a mounting number of applications to the “Visa of Democratic Responsibility” that is being implemented since 16 April 2018.
Implications and potential public health risks as a result of these large-scale flows have also been highlighted during the reporting period. The Government of Colombia issued a cooperation appeal to raise additional funding for the Response Plan of the Health Sector to Migration, while the World Health Organization reported that in Venezuela, between epidemiological week (EW) “26 of 2017 and EW 16 of 2018, a total of 1,631 cases of confirmed measles were reported and 904 from EW 1 to EW 16 of 2018. In Brazil, among the 81 confirmed measles cases in Roraima, 55 are Venezuelans (68%)”.
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