In a working meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi
, Foreign Affairs Minister Oscar Maurtua
affirmed that Peru has a foreign policy that respects human rights, humanitarian law, and refugees.
The meeting, which was also attended by the Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations (UN), Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros, took place within the framework of the opening of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76).
Meanwhile, Ambassador Rodriguez Cuadros highlighted the talks being held with the Venezuelan Government to organize a voluntary return of Venezuelan citizens, in accordance with the human rights standards in this field.
The migration of Venezuelan nationals has had a multidimensional impact on the region, particularly on Peru, the second largest destination for Venezuelan migrants and the largest recipient of asylum requests by Venezuelans worldwide.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this phenomenon is expected to be addressed in a three-dimensional manner: with the regularization of Venezuelan citizens through the corresponding administrative processes; ensuring their economic integration; and guaranteeing their citizen organization, including full awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
In this context, the UNHCR was proposed to lead an initiative —in conjunction with Peru and Colombia— to allow articulating actions in order to address the problems derived from migration in South America, including migratory flows from Venezuela.
For his part, Grandi thanked Peru for being the second country in the region to have received the largest number of Venezuelan migrants and recognized the praiseworthy efforts of the Peruvian State to address the needs of migrants and refugees, as well as the efforts to promote their integration into Peruvian society.