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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has sent extra teams to the border between Peru and Ecuador to support the authorities to deal with an unprecedented number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants entering Peru.
Peruvian authorities announced new visa requirements for Venezuelans starting on Saturday 15 June. On Friday, over 8,000 Venezuelans crossed the border at Tumbes, the largest number ever recorded on a single day. Of them, 4,700 lodged asylum claims in Peru, also an unprecedented number.
UNHCR calls on the international community to step up its support to countries like Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, that have been receiving the vast majority of the 4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, most of whom are in need of humanitarian assistance.
For more information on this topic, please contact:
In Tumbes, Peru, Regina de la Portilla, firstname.lastname@example.org +51 959 908 967
In Quito, Ecuador, Ilaria Rapido, email@example.com + 593 98 430 8666
In Geneva, Shabia Mantoo, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 41 79 337 7650
In Panama City, William Spindler, email@example.com + 507 63827815
In Panama City, Olga Sarrado, firstname.lastname@example.org + 507 66400185