Drivers for Venezuela Migration

This webinar, moderated by Center for Disaster Philanthropy, features experts from the United Nations (UN) International Organization of Migration (IOM) and Brown University discussing the conditions in Venezuela that are driving an unprecedented migration. This is the first webinar in the series “Lunchtime Conversations: A Learning Opportunity for Funders”.

The key highlights are:

  • This is the second-largest refugee crisis in the world. Don’t forget Venezuelans!
  • This is an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that is the result of decades of mismanagement with quality-of-life impacts similar to those of war
  • Support research, the pursuit of legal status, and smart investments in long-term economic integration in host countries
  • There are a variety of urgent and ongoing needs, and all are underfunded.
Maria Moreno
Head of Operations of IOM’s nonprofit arm in the United States.

Working with the U.S. private sector to support IOM programs worldwide. Leads numerous donor appeal efforts to assist vulnerable migrants around the world caught in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

She shared information from the 17 host countries to which Venezuelans have migrated. Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile are host to the greatest number of Venezuelans. The most critical needs are protection, transportation, health, food security, and economic and cultural integration issues.

Dany Bahar
Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs
Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs Brown University
An Israeli and Venezuelan economist affiliated to the Growth Lab at Harvard Center for International Development, the Brookings Institution, CESifo Group Munich and IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

Bahar recounted the historical political, economic, and humanitarian crisis that threatened the lives and livelihoods of Venezuelans.

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