Colombia, Ecuador and Peru announced on Wednesday that they will ask the government of Venezuela to expedite the delivery of passports, as well as documents of identity and filiation to Venezuelans who leave their country sunk in a crisis dominated by hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicines.
In reading a joint statement, the general director of the Andean Community, the Peruvian José Arróspide, said that Colombia, Ecuador and Peru decided “to request the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to facilitate the granting of identity documents, filiation and of travel for their migrant nationals “.
Ecuador also agreed to join Peru and Colombia to exchange information “about the flow of migrants, especially Venezuelans.” Lima and Bogota have already agreed on Tuesday that they will share a database on health, education and security for Venezuelans who enter, stay and leave their countries to facilitate decision-making in immigration policy.
They also agreed to coordinate with the International Organization for Migration and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in order to obtain financing to relocate and resettle migrants seeking to reach other countries in the region. The launch of awareness campaigns for the arrival of Venezuelans was also announced.
The representatives of Bolivia, whose government is an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, participated in the meeting but were not present at the reading of the statement.
The Deputy Minister of Human Mobility of Ecuador, Santiago Chávez, told the press that last week, during the visit to Quito of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Alexander Yánez, asked him to try to help in the delivery of passports and that Yanez He commented that they are “restructuring” the Venezuelan entity in charge of issuing passports and that “the last weeks have sent thousands of passports to different Venezuelan consulates.
Obtaining one has become increasingly difficult in Venezuela due to the scarcity of paper and ink, and getting an appointment can take months. (I)