Venezuela has lost more than 13 percent of its population in the wake of the mass wave of migration caused by the so-called “socialism of the 21st century,” which has had a dramatic effect on other countries in the region due to the serious humanitarian crisis.
Official figures from the International Organization of Migration (IOM) indicate that between 2015 and 2017, Venezuelan emigration more than doubled, increasing from 700,000 people to 1.5 million.
But the truth is that there are thousands of Venezuelans with dual citizenship who have left Venezuela, just as there are many more who arrive as tourists to their new destinations and remain there. The migratory flow began with mass arrivals to neighboring Brazil and Colombia but has now spread across the region.
According to pollster Consultores 21, 40 percent of the population of Venezuela wants to emigrate, and according to estimates by the sociologist Tomás Páez, by the middle of 2018, 15 percent of the Venezuelan population will have left the country with the hope of being able to return one day.
The streets are empty in Venezuela. As the months pass, there are fewer cars on the streets and fewer people on the sidewalks. Venezuelans’ emigration is truly remarkable in the sense that the situation was once reversed: In just one decade Venezuela received 11 million foreigners fleeing crises in their own home countries. Those days are long gone. (Read more from “Venezuela Has Lost 13 Percent of Its Population in a Mass Exodus From Socialism” HERE)