With Panama, there are 11 countries on the continent in which the action of the ‘Hermanos’ plan will extend to support the Venezuelan diaspora in vulnerable condition.
“This seeks to help promote policies that contribute to the regularization and protection of migrants. It also seeks that Venezuelans emigrees can access identification in recipient countries, improvements in their working conditions, access to services such as healthcare, education, food and social programs. The plan also proposes that expired passports be recognized and that special visas be issued,” said the representative of the National Assembly of Venezuela in Panama, Ms. Fabiola Zavarce.
The proposal was initially presented by the Commissioner for Foreign Relations of the interim government of Juan Guaidó, Julio Borges. The project seeks that more countries replicate the measures taken by the United States and Colombia in support of Venezuelan migrants, such as the Temporary Protection Statute for Venezuelan Migrants (approved in February 2021 in Colombia) and the TPS approved by President Joe Biden in March of this same year. From now on Venezuelans in North American territory can apply to this program (Temporary Protection Statute for its acronym in English).
“Everything that concerns the protection of the Venezuelan diaspora will be considered in the ‘Hermanos’ Plan, and of course we continue in this fight to achieve better living conditions for our fellow citizens,” said Ms. Zavarce.
The ‘Hermanos’ Platform will have a Chat Bot that will provide useful information to the diaspora on consular processes, immigration measures, requirements for regularization processes and more.
At its launch, Foreign Minister Borges also mentioned that “this page is part of the efforts we are developing within the framework of the Brothers program, an initiative that seeks to promote the comprehensive regularization of all Venezuelans who have been forced to flee the country forced by Maduro’s dictatorship.”