Protest in Peru against Venezuelan immigration, by a group of Peruvians, in the video the cameraman does not agree with the intention to become violent.
In social networks there are publications of criminals with carrying out murders and robberies
— Anon Candanga EN🌍🌎🌏 (@anon_candanga) February 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza
We demand that the Peruvian authorities comply with the Vienna Convention and protect our Diplomatic and Consular Mission in Lima. We demand respect for Venezuelan migrants in Peru, just as the hundreds of thousands of Peruvians living in Venezuela are respected.
These attacks that have occurred have as their background curtain the figures shown in a recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where it is stated that 62% of Venezuelans in Peru have felt discriminated against.
Are they all criminals?
For at least five years, the information published in Peruvian media where Venezuelans are involved in criminal activities has increased.
In Peruvian media, information circulates that blame migrants for crime in that country. An example of this type of work was published in El Comercio with the title ‘Venezuelan criminals normalized violence and insensitivity’, a text that makes a “criminal X-ray” of that country.
Some security experts consider that the media are generating a kind of “collective fear” and xenophobia that has maximized the issue, if the data released by the Peruvian police are taken into account.
A study called ‘Impact of the migration of foreigners on the incidence of crime in Peru’ found that from 2016 to May 2019, Venezuelans were involved in 5,767 crimes’s reports
From 2016 to 2018 there were a total of 941,788 reports of crimes in Peru, according to the statistical yearbook of the Police of that country, so the percentage of Venezuelans related to criminal actions corresponds to 0.61%, without taking 2019 into account.
How many Venezuelans are there in Peru?
The National Superintendency of Migration estimates that there are 866,080 Venezuelans. Of this figure, some 466,956 have a stay and residence permit and 287,114 have requested refugee status between 2014 and 2018, according to data from the Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants of Venezuela.
Caracas has questioned the figures presented by some governments in the region on migrants, who are grouped in the Lima Group, made up of foreign ministers who don’t recognize Nicolas Maduro as President of that country. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) place the number of Venezuelans who have left the South American country at four million, which, according to the agency, makes it the “largest group of displaced populations in the world.”
In this regard, Venezuelan president has indicated to UNHCR that he is “lying with numbers.” “They already go for four million, next year they will go for 10 million,” he said at a press conference with international media.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), part of the US State Department, has provided millions of dollars to meet “humanitarian needs in close coordination with host governments, governments donors, NGOs and UN counterparts “, picks up their page.
The largest amount of resources has been provided by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), created by the State Department and belonging to the Organization of American States (OAS), followed by UNHCR and the United Nations Children’s Fund o UNICEF .
A “contagious disease”
The South American president regretted in a press conference that his fellow nationals “are humiliated” in a country that has been liberated by the sword of a Venezuelan, Liberator Simón Bolívar. ”
He blamed the Peruvian right wings for “promoting xenophobia and aggression.” ” in Peru there is a public call for a march reminded me a lot of the Hitler hordes, I would say they are the neo-fascist hordes,” he said.
During a speech, the head of state rejected statements made in 2017 by former opposition deputy and Guaidó’s commissioner for foreign relations, Julio Borges, who said that his country was “the focus of instability in the world, of everything that it means the social degradation that can be a contagious disease in Latin America. ”
“Where does this come from?” Maduro asked himself, “who called Venezuelan migrants a plague?” With reference to the assertions of the fugitive from Venezuelan Justice.
#Ahora Min. Jorge Rodríguez compartió video con declaraciones de Julio Borges en donde califica a Venezuela como "una enfermedad contagiosa" y el foco de la degradación social de la región. pic.twitter.com/wa2X5cN3JK
— Misión Verdad (@Mision_Verdad) September 10, 2018
The Plan Vuelta a la Patria
Caracas has launched a program to repatriate Venezuelans who are in some Latin American countries to which they have been displaced in search of better living conditions in the midst of an acute economic crisis.
This initiative arose from the request of some migrants to return because the conditions in the host country were harsh: labor mistreatment, exploitation, overcrowding in their homes, unemployment, discrimination, among other reasons. To date more than 23 thousand citizens have returned to the country.
— Anon Candanga EN🌍🌎🌏 (@anon_candanga) February 19, 2021