- Title: Venezuelan migrants protest after Ecuador shuts border crossing to them
- Date: 27th August 2019
- Summary: IPIALES, COLOMBIA (AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) VENEZUELANS ON COLOMBIAN SIDE OF BORDER TRANSPORT VEHICLES TRAPPED AT BORDER AREA AMID STAND OFF WITH VENEZUELAN MIGRANTS VENEZUELAN MIGRANTS GATHERED POLICE ON DUTY NEAR BORDER CROSSING MIGRANTS GATHERED AT ROAD TO BORDER CROSSING MIGRANTS GATHERED IN PROTEST AT BORDER CROSSING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN MIGRANT, JUVENCIO LOPEZ, SAYING: "Today, five (Venezuelans in the border area) could die from hunger, from the cold, there is no doctor. Where is the Red Cross? Where are the doctors? Where are they? These people are hungry. Where are all the officials here so that we can be treated? Where are human rights?" VENEZUELANS STUCK AT BORDER CHILDREN SITTING ON SUITCASE AND HAVING LUNCH AFTER BORDER IS SHUT TO THEM MOTHER TALKING TO OFFICIALS AT BORDER MIGRANTS GATHERED VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS GATHERED IN PRAYER IN FRONT OF LINE OF OFFICERS ON DUTY AT BORDER MIGRANTS ON ROAD LEADING TO BORDER CROSSING, COMMERCIAL VEHICLE AT THE BORDER MOVING
- Embargoed: 10th September 2019 03:27
- Keywords: Ecuador border Venezuela migrants Ipiales Colombia
- Location: IPIALES, COLOMBIA
- City: IPIALES, COLOMBIA
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATZSTON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Ecuador shut its border on Monday (August 26) to hundreds of Venezuelans waiting to cross, as new restrictions from Quito on migrants fleeing the OPEC nation come into effect.
Ecuador now requires a visa for Venezuelan citizens, part of stricter immigration policies being implemented in several countries.
More than 85,000 Venezuelan migrants crossed into Ecuador from Colombia in the last month ahead of the new measures. But this group of migrants were not so lucky.
Some 320,000 Venezuelans currently live in Ecuador. The government estimates that figure could increase to nearly half a million by the end of the year.
Unlike its neighbours Colombia has not put in place stringent immigration requirements, instead encouraging migrants who entered the country informally to register with authorities so they can access healthcare, school places and other social services.
(Production: Cristina Munoz)
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