280,000 Venezuelans entered Peru so far

19:13 | Lima, May. 11.

A total of 280,000 Venezuelan citizens are currently in the Inca country, Peruvian Migration Superintendent Eduardo Sevilla informed on Friday.

According to the latest report, 237,000 entered under tourist status —meaning they are allowed to stay up to 183 days— and 43,000 already hold a Temporary Resident Permit (PTP).

The PTP validates a holder's regular immigration status in the country and is valid for one year.

After this period, it can automatically be extended until the entry into force of the Immigration Law or until the political situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela returns to normal.  

PTP holders are allowed to work, study, pay taxes, and access health services.

"There are some 800,000 Venezuelans in Colombia. The Venezuelan immigration to Chile and Argentina has also increased. The whole region has seen this rise, not only Peru," Sevilla pointed out.

Likewise, he remarked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have asked countries to adopt measures to welcome the said immigrants.

"Peru was the first country to issue the Temporary Resident Permit, a mechanism that has been welcomed by the Organization of American States (OAS)," he added.

Sevilla's statements were made after he took part in a naturalization ceremony.


Published: 5/11/2018