Japan to provide US$13 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees

Countries neighboring Venezuela have been struggling to manage the drastic influx of refugees fleeing that country's deteriorating economy and social collapse. In response, Japan has announced that it will provide US$13 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees in countries neighboring Venezuela: Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. Through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Japan will help protect vulnerable people, promote social integration, and distribute food, shelters, blankets, tents, and other supplies.

The distribution of assistance by country is as follows

  • Brazil (US$3 million; 220,000 refugees)
    • Distribute non-food assistance to 1,000 households and provide shelter to vulnerable people; and
    • Support the social integration of refugees into their host communities.
  • Columbia (US$4 million; 1.6 million refugees)
    • Provide assistance to 65,000 refugees and help secure their rights;
    • Provide shelter to 5,200 refugees; and
    • Support the livelihoods and promote the social integration of 40,000 refugees.
  • Ecuador (US$3 million; 380,000 refugees)
    • Provide shelter to 2,500 refugees;
    • Provide supplies to meet the basic needs of 4,500 refugees;
    • Provide psychosocial support to refugees, including 20,000 trauma victims;
    • Provide legal assistance to 18,600 refugees; and
    • Protect 12,900 vulnerable refugees, including victims of gender-based violence and children, as well as promote their social integration.
  • Peru (US$4 million; 860,000 refugees)
    • Distribute shelters and non-food assistance to 9,500 people;
    • Protect 17,000 vulnerable refugees, including victims of gender-based violence and children; and
    • Support the social integration of 3,000 refugees into their host communities.

Press release – Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

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