The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced that he will visit Chile and Brazil this week to learn “firsthand” about the humanitarian response of both countries to Venezuelan refugees.
One of the main objectives of Grandi’s visit to South America is to seek “more support from the international community for the countries and communities that house Venezuelans”, according to a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
During the visit to Santiago, Chile, from August 13 to 14, Grandi will meet with national authorities and members of civil society to “assess the needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and find solutions for those who need it most.”
Regarding Brazil, the visit of the high commissioner will take place from August 15 to 18 and in his agenda there are meetings with authorities in Brasilia, the capital, as well as stops in Boa Vista and Pacaraima, cities in the north of the country and near the border with Venezuela.
Furthermore, in Brazil he will visit reception centers for Venezuelan migrants and learn about projects they are carrying out that promote local integration and offer legal assistance.
In both Chile and Brazil, Grandi will meet with Venezuelan refugees to learn “about the risks they faced during their trip.”
This trip is the first visit of a UN high commissioner to Chile, and Grandi’s third to Latin American countries.
More than four million Venezuelans have left their country because of the economic, political and social crisis in recent years, with neighboring Colombia being the main place the displaced, with more than 1.4 million refugees and migrants.