Possibly Paul can tell us hoe many have ended up in Columbia and how that is affecting that country
The UN said Friday that the number of Venezuelans who have fled their strife-torn country in recent years has topped 4 million as the government of strongman Nicolás Maduro struggles to maintain power amid crippling sanctions.
The UN’s refugee agency said Friday the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants rose by 1 million after November, indicating a rapid escalation in the months since the US and dozens of other nations said Maduro’s election victory was illegitimate.
Team Trump and other countries have said that opposition leader Juan Guaido was the legitimate Venezuelan leader.
Russia, Cuba, Iran and a few others back Maduro, and Russian military personnel and technicians have traveled to the South American basket case to maintain military equipment that Russia had sold to Venezuela.
The agency also said Latin American countries host most Venezuelans, with more than 1.3 million in Colombia followed by 768,000 in Peru.
The announcement came ahead of a planned tour on Friday by UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie.
“These alarming figures highlight the urgent need to support host communities in the receiving countries,” said Eduardo Stein, who tracks Venezuelan refugees for the UN agency.
“Latin American and Caribbean countries are doing their part to respond to this unprecedented crisis but they cannot be expected to continue doing it without international help.”
Venezuela’s population was roughly 32 million in 2017.