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Latin America: countries of asylum/refugee status for Venezuelans 2019

Peru was the Latin American country with the highest number of Venezuelan asylum seekers in 2019. Over 482,500 Venezuelan citizens presented an application for asylum in Peru in 2019 and another 1,230 were granted refugee status. Brazil followed, with almost 103,700 asylum applications and nearly 21,000 Venezuelan citizens recognized as refugees under the UNHCR's mandate.

Number of asylum and refugee status applications from Venezuelan citizens in selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019

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Release date

June 2020



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Special properties

As of year-end

Supplementary notes

Data for asylum seekers refers to the number of asylum applications in a given year (pending cases). The number of refugees refers to the number of individuals that were granted refugee status, including refugee-like situations.
Figures exclude the number of people who migrated voluntarily or without submitting an asylum/refugee application in the country of destination.

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