News, Culture & Society

Mass exodus as thousands of Venezuelans flee the country

Thousands of desperate Venezuelans are trying to enter Colombia through the border crossing of Cucuta as new tighter border controls are being implemented.

Incredible pictures show the mass exodus of refugees crossing the Simon Bolivar international bridge trying to flee hunger, inflation and the political crisis threatening to engulf the country. 

Colombia – along with its neighbour Brazil – has sent extra soldiers to patrol their porous border with Venezuela after officially taking in more than half a million migrants over the last six months of 2017.

The country is also tightening its border controls in a bid to stem the flow.

These incredible images show the thousands of desperate Venezuelans trying to flee the crisis-hit country by pouring into neighbouring Colombia

Refugees trying to flee hunger, inflation and the political crisis threatening to engulf the country. Many people are struggling to feed their families

Refugees trying to flee hunger, inflation and the political crisis threatening to engulf the country. Many people are struggling to feed their families

In reaction to the crisis, Colombian lawmakers have begun to take steps to tighten their border controls. The new measures could make it more difficult for Venezuelan migrants to cross into the country illegally

In reaction to the crisis, Colombian lawmakers have begun to take steps to tighten their border controls. The new measures could make it more difficult for Venezuelan migrants to cross into the country illegally

Massive numbers of Venezuelans have been driven from their homes by a dire financial crisis that has seen many struggling to feed themselves. 

But the mass migration arrives at a challenging time for Colombia and lawmakers have moved to tighten border controls. 

In a visit to a border city at the epicenter of Colombia’s mounting migration crisis, President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday announced new measures that could make it more difficult for Venezuelan migrants to cross into the country illegally or remain there without any official status.

‘Colombia has never lived a situation like the one we are encountering today,’ Santos said.

Migration into Colombia has surged as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has moved to consolidate his rule and the nation’s economy plummets. 

Colombia migration authorities say there are an estimated 600,000 Venezuelans currently in Colombia – double the number six months ago. 

Venezuela exile associations and some border city officials have said they believe that number is higher.

A new migration patrol unit will police public spaces where Venezuelan arrivals congregate, provide them orientation and to control issues like prostitution that have surfaced in the migration wave's wake

A new migration patrol unit will police public spaces where Venezuelan arrivals congregate, provide them orientation and to control issues like prostitution that have surfaced in the migration wave’s wake

Colombia migration authorities say there are an estimated 600,000 Venezuelans currently in Colombia - double the number six months ago

Colombia migration authorities say there are an estimated 600,000 Venezuelans currently in Colombia – double the number six months ago

Colombia is attempting to deal with the mass migration at an uncertain period of its history. It is only now beginning to crawl out of a five-decade-long armed conflict with leftist rebels

Colombia is attempting to deal with the mass migration at an uncertain period of its history. It is only now beginning to crawl out of a five-decade-long armed conflict with leftist rebels

The unprecedented migration wave is putting strains on Colombia at a delicate time in its history. 

The nation is crawling out of a five-decade-long armed conflict following the signing of a peace deal with leftist rebels in 2016. Many of the Venezuelans are arriving illegally and in need of medical attention.

‘This is a tragedy,’ Santos said. ‘And I want to reiterate to President Maduro: This is the result of your policies.’

More than 2,000 additional military officers will be deployed to control the hundreds of dirt-road crossings known as ‘trochas’ that dot Colombia’s 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border with Venezuela. 

A new migration patrol unit will also police public spaces where Venezuelan arrivals congregate, provide them orientation and to control issues like prostitution that have surfaced in the migration wave’s wake. 

More than 2,000 additional military officers will be deployed to control the hundreds of dirt-road crossings known as 'trochas' that dot Colombia's 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border with Venezuela

More than 2,000 additional military officers will be deployed to control the hundreds of dirt-road crossings known as ‘trochas’ that dot Colombia’s 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border with Venezuela

 

 



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


Do you like it? Share with your friends!


Comments are closed.