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Venezuela: Migration and Human Trafficking

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL885, tabled on 13 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by church leaders in Venezuela and Colombia on 24 May for renewed dialogue on migration and human trafficking.

Answered on

28 June 2022

The UK supports efforts to ensure global migration is safe, orderly and regular, in line with the UN's Global Compact for Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2019, the UK Government has spent £37 million in humanitarian aid in response to the Venezuelan crisis. This is on top of our existing multilateral contributions to the UN-managed Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Global Fund, our core contributions to the UN and to the Red Cross movement. We were also the second largest donor to the Global Concessional Financing Facility for Colombia in 2019, providing £8 million as part of our overall response to help unlock concessional loans to support Colombia in continuing to host more than 1.5 million Venezuelans.

Diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela are a matter for the two countries. We will continue to work through diplomatic channels to help the Venezuelans restore democracy and address the root causes of the crises they are facing.