A Risky Return Home

Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse have returned home to escape Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdowns, thinking they might be better off.

Instead, hundreds have been met with dire conditions.
Venezuelan returnees reported being treated “like dogs” during 2 weeks of quarantine—sleeping on floors and eating uncooked rice.

Jozef Merkx, Colombia’s UNHCR head, says sanitation challenges mean migrants may be better off in Colombia. “That is why we don’t want to promote returns, and instead offer alternatives inside Colombia through temporary shelters and cash transfers.”

The New Humanitarian

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