US Announces $6 Million Financial Aid for Venezuelan Refugees and Chilean Hosts

United States Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya announced more than $6 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees as well as their host communities in Chile.

During an official visit to the Chilean capital of Santiago, Zeya announced the additional financial aid which brought the total amount of assistance provided by the US to Venezuelans and Chileans to $26 million.

Since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 2019, more than 6 million Venezuelans fled their country, which brought an influx of migrants to its neighboring South American countries including Chile. 

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Venezuela’s monthly rate of inflation has remained above 2,000 percent.

US Department of State (DOS) Spokesperson Ned Price said that the financial aid will provide the Venezuelan refugees and their Chilean hosts with “Legal assistance, medical care, safe shelter, hygiene kits, and basic relief items, such as blankets and winter clothes.”

“The United States affirms our commitment to assist Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and the host communities that support them in Chile and across the region.  We also thank Chile for its continued partnership as we work together with countries throughout the region to solve the ongoing migration challenge,” said Price.

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