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NGO’s To Assist Government With Refugee Situation

Housing and Education are both needed for the Venezuelan migrants. Minister Citizenship, Winston Felix on Tuesday addressed Cabinet on the need for systems to be put in place.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, it was noted that the Government of Guyana has recorded 2,588 documented Venezuelan migrants in Guyana thus far.

Government plans to establish settlements in Mabaruma – Region One for the migrants. The opposition leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, noted that assistance should not only be given to the Venezuelans but to also the fleeing Guyanese, who have also experience hardship

Due to the influx of Venezuelans, a fortnightly meeting of the Multi-Sectorial Coordinating Committee was set up by the Government, to ensure that migrants have been vaccinated, and properly documented. Members of the Guyana Police Force are being taught Spanish, in an effort at reducing the language barrier.

Spanish will enable the trained officers to provide better services to the migrants.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry also announced last month that more lenient immigration policies and measures will be instituted to ensure that persons, who have come to Guyana to escape harsh economic and political conditions in their homeland, are not deported for illegal entry or overstaying.

The migrants may soon able to access the job market in Guyana as a policy will be put in place to assess the proportionality of the qualifications and skills of the Venezuelan migrants to that of Guyanese.

This effort to assist the migrants has been supported by various government agencies as well as international partners such as (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration, M(PAHO) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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