NPR’s Weekend Edition on Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees

Over the weekend I spoke to Melissa Block of NPR’s Weekend Edition about the situation on Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, which we highlighted in our recent report.  Venezuela’s migrant and refugee crisis is in the news again this week as affected countries are meeting in Quito to adopt a regional position on responding to the crisis. As El Comercio reports, a working draft of the declaration expected to come out of today’s summit includes a proposal to appeal to donor countries in the international community as well as international organizations to “strengthen financial support to the countries of the region.” The declaration, which is expected to be signed by delegates from Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, will also reportedly call for a donors’ conference to be organized in November. There will also be an extraordinary session of the OAS Permanent Council on Wednesday to address the issue.