Peru and Chile restrict migrant immigration
29 June 2019
Peru has imposed further restrictions on immigration. The new restrictions require Venezuelans to have a visa and passport, rather than just an identity card, to enter. Venezuelans rushed to cross the border before the new restrictions came into effect on 15 June. On 11 June 5,400 refugees crossed the border at the Tumbes crossing, three times the previous daily average.
Since 2016, 820,000 Venezuelans settled in Peru of which 270,000 sought refugee status. On 20 June, World Refugee Day, Peru's bishops called on the government to strengthen the mechanisms for processing asylum applications.
In a similar move, since 22 June, Chile has required a passport, visa and proof of monetary support to support a stay in the country.
In Venezuela itself, the Chair of the Venezuelan’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission warned on the increase in human trafficking, particularly of young women.