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Ecuador/Colombia: Venezuelan migrants flock to border en route to Peru

Colombia, Rumichaca International Bridge, Ecuador/Colombia
June 14, 2019 at 02:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Venezuelan migrants arrived at the Colombian border to Ecuador, footage from Wednesday and Thursday shows, in an attempt to reach Peru before June 15, after which a humanitarian visa will be required to enter the country.

Amid the Saturday deadline, an increase in the flow of Venezuelan migrants was reported. Indeed, long lines formed on the Rumichaca International Bridge.

According to Vladimir Velasco, district director of the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion in the province of Carchi of Ecuador, between 3,000 and 3,500 people crossed the Rumichaca Bridge on Tuesday only.

Claudio Carrion, a Venezuelan migrant, is trying to reach Chile. He can be seen crossing the border to enter Ecuador. Carrion commented on the situation in Venezuela and said: "Guaido took the interim presidency and I trusted he would take out the corrupt government we have now but it did not go that way. It got late and this Saturday I decided to leave my country since we lost all hope in Venezuela. Venezuela is totally destroyed."

According to the United Nations, more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the economic crisis in recent years.

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Venezuelan migrants arrived at the Colombian border to Ecuador, footage from Wednesday and Thursday shows, in an attempt to reach Peru before June 15, after which a humanitarian visa will be required to enter the country.

Amid the Saturday deadline, an increase in the flow of Venezuelan migrants was reported. Indeed, long lines formed on the Rumichaca International Bridge.

According to Vladimir Velasco, district director of the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion in the province of Carchi of Ecuador, between 3,000 and 3,500 people crossed the Rumichaca Bridge on Tuesday only.

Claudio Carrion, a Venezuelan migrant, is trying to reach Chile. He can be seen crossing the border to enter Ecuador. Carrion commented on the situation in Venezuela and said: "Guaido took the interim presidency and I trusted he would take out the corrupt government we have now but it did not go that way. It got late and this Saturday I decided to leave my country since we lost all hope in Venezuela. Venezuela is totally destroyed."

According to the United Nations, more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the economic crisis in recent years.

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