The state of Venezuela is so dire that tens of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing to Brazil and Columbia.
Brazilian officials said that the number of Venezuelans crossing the border to Brazil has doubled from 2016. Colombia has also seen a massive influx of Venezuelan refugees enter the country this year.
“Colombia is home to the largest internally displaced population on the planet thanks to half a century of terrorism by the now-legalized Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), making it a particularly ill-equipped country to receive the Venezuelans,” writes Breitbart. “UN statistics released in July estimated that about 300,000 Venezuelans currently live in Colombia, but 25,000 are crossing into the border town of Cúcuta on a daily basis. Not all stay—many make day trips to buy flour, milk, and other needs unavailable on the other side of the border—but dictator Nicolás Maduro’s most recent power grab has Venezuelans coming in and not looking back.”
Columbian leaders even went to Turkey back in May to visit Syrian refugee camps and to meet with immigration officials to see how they have dealt with the migrant crisis.
Columbia is evaluating the construction of refugee facility at its Venezuelan border.
Brazil, on the other hand, is having trouble adjusting to the influx of refugees.
“A report in Globo’s G1 publication this week revealed that 6,438 Venezuelans have made asylum requests in Brazil as of June 2017, compared to 230 in all of 2015 and 2,230 in 2016. Despite the fact that Roraima borders Venezuela’s inland Amazonas and Bolívar states, most of those documented as entering the country come from Caracas, on the nation’s northern coast. Most are young and male, G1 reports, and highly educated, saying, “Most are students (17.93 percent), followed by engineers (6.21 percent), doctors (4.83 percent) and economists (7.83 percent),” writes Breitbart.
Apparently, only 37 Venezuelans were given refugee status in Brazil since 2013. But, this month the asylum fee was waived.
“We are preparing ourselves for a number of scenarios, it is evident that an increase in migration is predicted, and we are drafting contingency plans for that,” said Silvana Vieira Borges, a Brazilian Migration Department official to Agence-France Presse.
But the Brazilian state of Roraima, in particular, is feeling the burden when it comes to its health care system.
“The unprecedented influx of Venezuelans is straining Roraima’s already overburdened public health care system and clogging Brazil’s system for processing asylum applications,” said the NGO in April.
Venezuela’s health care system has already collapsed. 90% of the drugs that the World Health Organization (WHO) deems necessary for health care programs are not readily available.
“Demand is growing faster than I can manage. Every month the number of patients grows exponentially. How can I plan for that?” said a hospital director in Roraima back in December. “What happens if this continues? I’m going to run out of supplies by the middle of the year.”
Then late last week Roraima demanded military reinforcements to handle the masses of Venezuelans entering the country.
“We have two thousand kilometers [1242.742 miles] of dry frontier,” said Suely Campos, Roraima governor. “We want a preventive action by the Armed Forces to curb the entry of criminals and prevent Roraima from becoming a passageway for these crimes.”
Roraima already has an overpopulation problem at its prisons, but they are about to get more cramped. The Brazilian police have noticed a spike in drug and weapons trafficking this year.
Author’s note: Venezuela is on the verge of a complete collapse and the socialist state is so disastrous, that citizens are being forced to run away. It looks like Brazil and Columbia have a soon-to-be migrant crisis on their hands. These countries are being forced to deal with another nation’s problems because of Venezuela’s poor leadership.