NRC works in Venezuela providing legal assistance to population in need of international protection to know their rights.

Context: During the refugee status determination process, people in need of international protection without identification could be deported to Colombia, where they fled from because armed conflict. Movility, access to food or work restrictions increased during the first period of time in Venezuela.

Estado de Barinas - Venezuela
Photo: Fernanda Pineda - NRC
Read caption Legal counselling in Estado de Barinas. Photo: Fernanda Pineda/NRC

NRC in Venezuela

Venezuela is in the midst of an economic, institutional and social crisis that has displaced millions of its inhabitants.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2019.


Humanitarian overview

The Venezuelan displacement crisis has continued to grow during the first half of 2019.

According to UNHCR and OIM, based on conservative government figures, it is estimated that the number of Venezuelans in countries across Latin America rose from 700,000 in 2015 to over 4,3 million in September 2019.

Venezuelans arriving in neighbouring countries face serious barriers as they seek to rebuild their lives and integrate into new communities. One of the most crucial challenges they face is obtaining some form of status that allows them to get a job, send their children to school, and access important services like healthcare.

The arrival of Venezuelans in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru is overwhelming the local capacity to respond. New visa requirements in Ecuador and Peru will make crossing legally impossible for many and will lead to many being forced to informal border crossings with high risks of trafficking, gender-based sexual violence, extortion and other forms of violence.

40 per cent of the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan has been funded, as of October 2019.

People we helped in Venezuela in 2019

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme


About NRC in Venezuela

International staff
Areas of operation
Capital District, Miranda, Bolivar, Apure, Portuguesa, Barinas, Merida, Tachira y Zulia.
Budget 2019
USD 7.75 million
National staff

NRC in Venezuela

Country Director

Giovanni Rizzo


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