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U.N. seeks $738 million to help Venezuela’s neighbours handle migrant flood

The United Nations said on Tuesday it was seeking $738 million (575.26 million pounds) in 2019 to help neighbouring countries cope with the inflow of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, who have “no prospect for return in the short to medium term”.

It was the first time that the crisis was included in the U.N. annual global humanitarian appeal which is $21.9 billion for 2019 without Syria.

Three million Venezuelans have fled the political and economic crisis in the Andean country, most since 2015, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

“There is one crisis for which we for the first time have a response plan, which is to help the countries neighbouring Venezuela deal with the consequences of large numbers of Venezuelans leaving the country,”

U.N. emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock told a Geneva news briefing. Read More

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