By: Steve Dellar | 08-25-2018 | News
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Brazil – South American Solution Needed As Venezuelan Migrant Crisis Reaches ‘Crisis Point’ (Video)

The Brazilian town of Pacaraima became the epicenter of the South American migrant crisis last week as the Amazon border city couldn’t cope anymore with the daily influx of migrants from Venezuela.

In recent months, it became the entry point for thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country which is riddled with hunger, violence, and hyperinflation.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Venezuela – South American Nations Close Borders, Brazilians Attack Refugee Camps (Video)</a>.

Although most Venezuelans continue the 135 miles to Boa Vista (the capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima), some 2,000 of the poorest have stayed in Pacaraima, pitching tents in the streets. This strains the town’s resources and the tolerance of its 12,000 inhabitants, leading to clashes between Brazilian locals and Venezuelan refugees.

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Mr. Joel Millman, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the recent violence at the border in Brazil were warning signs for the region that a South American solution was quickly needed.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Venezuela Crisis - Brazil Sends Army After Migrant Border Attacks</a>.

Mr. Millman: said that the large migration of Venezuelans " is building to a crisis moment that we've seen in other parts of the world, particularly in the Mediterranean" (referring to the European refugee crisis of 2015-2016 which saw a large influx of mostly Muslim asylum seekers from Iraq and Syria)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Venezuela</a> outflow &quot;building to a crisis moment that we’ve seen in other parts of the , particularly the Mediterranean&quot;- IOM&#39;s Joel Millman to press today. Read <a href="">@refugees</a>+<a href="">@UNmigration</a> appeal for support to countries receiving Venezuela refugees,migrants: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) <a href="">August 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"A difficult situation can become a crisis situation very quickly and we have to be prepared."

Peru will be bringing in stricter border regulations on Saturday - a day after a court overturned Ecuador's attempt to strengthen its own controls.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 2,500 Venezuelan migrants escaping poverty entered Peru today, hours before new passport entry requirements take effect. Passports are hard to get in Venezuela because of paper and ink shortages. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="">August 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Meanwhile, the UN is warning that the Venezuela situation is clearly heading for a refugee "crisis moment."

Ecuador is to host a 13-nation regional summit in September to discuss the issue.

Brazil has Presidential elections in October. The Venezuelan migration topic is sure to be an issue during the debates. Many will be looking forward to what Mr. Jair Bolsonaro, the leading conservative right-wing candidate, proposes as a solution.

So far, he has abstained from giving a policy solution knowing that the mostly left-wing Brazilian press would use it against him.


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Anonymous No. 35030 2018-08-25 : 07:08

Invasions should be treated as such

Anonymous No. 35053 2018-08-25 : 08:24

Looks like our democraps dream state! People like burnt sanders and that Cortez tard should be dropped off in Venezuela and forced to live under socialism! Rapeugee crisis? Stay the hell there and fix your shit! The rest of the civil world is over flooded with your types. Some people like socialist ideas cause they are lazy greedy jealous assholes that want free shit and equal wealth, little do they realize the equality equals poverty and eventually forced labor. The tard US socialist thinks they will be sitting at shitbuks on their new laptop bullshitting with fake friends over a free latte. Lol!

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