Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that is consequently causing a mass exodus of its people. Over the last decade, there has been an exorbitant increase in violence and insecurity, medicine and food shortages, poverty, inflation, political instability, as well as deterioration of currency, infrastructure, and human rights. As of the end of October 2019, 4.5 millions Venezuelans have fled the country, thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition, and people are contracting formerly eradicated diseases. In addition, trafficking of women for sex and forced labor is increasing throughout the region.
Venezuela, once a prosperous country known for hosting migrants from around the world who sought social and economic opportunities, is now the country with the worst migration crisis in the western hemisphere.