Guyana to seek international help to relocate Venezuelans from river dam

Guyana would be asking the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance to relocate the more than 150 Venezuelans, including 30 children, who are residing on the eastern dam of the Demerara River, government said Thursday.

Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix said government wants to relocate the Venezuelan migrants, who are currently residing along the Demerara River dam between Grove and Herstelling on the East Bank Demerara.

The Minister, along with representatives from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), distributed food hampers and a quantity of cleaning supplies to both Venezuelans and Guyanese living along the riverside at Grove.

Of the approximately 600 persons living along the sea dam, over 150 are Venezuelan migrants, including about 30 children.

Minister Felix informed that his primary focus will now be on engaging the UNHCR and the IOM on the possibility “of relocating the Venezuelan migrants to more habitable circumstances”.

In some instances, he said, during the relocation process, the migrants sometimes find proper accommodation on their own and would get support from the international agencies.

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