In the midst of the global expansion of COVID-19 and its tragic effect in Latin America, the UN System in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in coordination with the Venezuelan Government, has provided support to thousands of nationals crossing the border from neighboring countries who must stay in temporary shelters.

In late May, the UN explained that it had reached 1 million humanitarian partners providing health, food and water.

The UN referred to the case of Noeli, a Venezuelan woman who is in quarantine with his husband, Bernal, and daughter, Valentina, in a temporary shelter in Venezuela. After losing their jobs in Peru, they decided to walk back to their country.

“We are exhausted. After walking for 16 days, this is like a victory. We are almost home,” said Nolei, quoted by the UN.

President Nicolás Maduro said on Sunday that 76,665 Venezuelan nationals have returned to their country after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.

“We are the only country receiving reverse migration,” stressed the Venezuelan president at a meeting with the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

President Maduro explained that 45,608 Venezuelan have returned through Táchira, 18,675 through Apure, 7,911 through Zulia, 3,829 through Bolívar and 170 through Amazonas, all of them states bordering Colombia and Brazil.

The rest of Venezuelan nationals returned through La Guaira, Lara and Nueva Esparta states, where they were received by medical and logistics staff at the Points of Comprehensive Social Assistance (PASI).


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela