UPDATED 7:39 AM PT — Friday, June 7, 2019
Peru is tightening restrictions on refugees from Venezuela, forcing migrants to apply for humanitarian visas in other countries instead of in Peru.
As Venezuela’s economic crisis only seems to worsen, the Peruvian government is trying to slow down the massive inflow of refugees they have taken in since 2015.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra remains unmoving in his policy to send criminals back to Venezuela as local governments in Peru fear an escalation in crime.
“We are strengthening and continuing the task of expelling those bad elements, who have used information and taken advantage (of it) and entered Peru; bad persons, who have committed crimes (in Venezuela) and including those who are wanted (in Venezuela) and are here in our country.” — Martin Vizcarra, President – Peru
Following measures to curb mass immigration taken by Chile and Ecuador, Peru increased migrant deportation in 2018 to ease the burden of the use of their own resources Venezuelan migrants have gone as far as using forged documents to gain entry into the country.
More than three million refugees have fled Venezuela’ since 2015 to escape the embattled country, and Peru has taken-in close to 800,000 migrants before adding restrictions.
President Vizcarra states his government will continue supporting efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela in hope that the restoration will also solve migration issues in Peru.