According to UN data, the Venezuela refugee crisis has been growing in 2019 and could be on track to become the world's biggest while numbers of displaced persons from Syria are stabilizing. By the end of 2019, 4.5 million Venezuelans had been forcibly displaced outside of their home country. This is up from just 300,000 in 2017. Syria, the biggest current refugee crisis, reached its height in 2018 with 6.7 million displaced people. The same number was counted in 2019.
While the number of Syrian refugees and those in a refugee-like situation had been rising since 2011, Venezuelan refugee numbers jumped up quickly, testing the preparedness of humanitarian organizations in the region.
Brookings Institution, which analyzed the data, notes that compared to the Syrian crisis, the Venezuela refugee situation is severely underfunded, putting the lives of hundred thousands of people at risk because of the lack of food and medical assistance.