The Venezuelan Refugee Crisis Is Not Just a Regional Problem

Latin American Neighbors Are Pulling More Than Their Weight

FEDERICO RIOS ESCOBAR / The New ​York Times / REDUX

Venezuela’s refugee crisis is the largest in Latin American history. Worldwide, it is now second only to that of Syria. A staggering four million Venezuelans have fled their homeland, the majority since 2015. This number constitutes more than 12 percent of the country’s total population. Leaving behind a collapsed economy and mounting repression, over one million Venezuelans have fled since last November. The UN projects that the number of refugees will climb to 5.4 million by the end of 2019, while other researchers have predicted several hundred thousand more.    No country in Latin America has escaped the impact of Venezuela’s meltdown. Colombia, …