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Officials from the International Organization for Migration Arrive in Lethem

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A few weeks ago, officials from the International Organization of Migration visited the town of Lethem to address the issue of Venezuelan refugees living in Lethem

The International Organization of Migration is an intergovernmental organization with 173 member states – Guyana being a member state. Their objective is to provide humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. You can learn more about the IOM from their website:

During their visit to the Lethem, the officials from the IOM related that one of their objectives is to rally support for building shelters to temporarily house Venezuelan refugees until they can get on their feet. However, they also expressed that such a task is easier said than done.

It is a well-known fact that Venezuelans are facing an unprecedented crisis due to the collapse of the Maduro-led Venezuelan economy. Venezuelans are seeking refuge in just about every border country and beyond, some of them surviving in very dire conditions.

In Brazil, thousands of shelters, called “Abrigos” have been built by the Brazilian military to help shelter tens-of-thousands of Venezuelan refugees escaping the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Related: Amerindian Hostel in Lethem Under Strain from Venezuelan Refugees.

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