Mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing socialism reaches five million, approaches scale of post-revolution Cuba

Venezuela is quickly approaching the scale of mass exodus that was seen in communist Cuba. After the communist Castro dictatorship took power in 1959, approximately 20% of the island’s population fled into exile to escape oppression and socialist tyranny.

To date, more than five million Venezuelans have fled their country to escape the corruption, misery, and death caused by socialism. That is approximately 15% of the population and there are millions of Venezuelans still there trying to find a way to escape.

Sabrina Martin in PanAm Post:

Five Million: Venezuelan Migratory Stampede Alert

A new wave of Venezuelan emigration begins, as it is estimated that for this quarter, from July to September, around 500,000 Venezuelans will flee the country. There are already more than five million Venezuelans outside the country.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Venezuelans who have left their country because of the crisis has surpassed the four million mark. However, the sociologist Tomas Paez, coordinator of the Observatory of Venezuelan diaspora, informed the PanAm Post that according to studies, there are about five million Venezuelans outside the country. He confirmed that this figure will soon be surpassed and added that there are Venezuelans in 90 countries and 300 cities around the world.“People were waiting for their children to finish the school year to make the decision. The situation in the country is that there is a human tragedy driving people to leave. Since Venezuelans are poorer today, they don’t have many ways of leaving except on foot, by bus, on in small boats,” the specialist said.

According to projections by the Organization of American States General Secretariat Working Group on the Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees Crisis, some 500,000 Venezuelans will flee the country this quarter, and the figure will double, surpassing one million additional people by the end of 2019.

“According to the latest estimate at OAS, 500,000 Venezuelans will flee the country during this quarter (July-September) and close to 1 million by the end of 2019 (…) All this will happen if Maduro stays in power. The regime has generated the five determiners of forced migration: humanitarian crisis, widespread violence, violation of human rights, economic collapse,  and failure in the provision of essential services,” said David Smolansky, coordinator of the Working Group.

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