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The humanitarian crisis of Venezuela and international response to its regional migration implications

Iga Kleszczyńska ()
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Iga Kleszczyńska: Institute of Political Science and International Relations at the Jagiellonian University

Studia z Polityki Publicznej / Public Policy Studies, 2020, vol. 7, issue 4, 18

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyze the dimension of the humanitarian crisis of Venezuela, with a particular emphasis on the importance of regional migration problems and the involvement of the international community. The article consists of an introduction that focuses on the background of the current migration crisis, especially in terms of substantive and methodological assumptions and the theoretical perspective. Then, the article focuses on analyzing two major research areas: a) the main social, economic, and political causes of the Venezuelan migration crisis; the effects and causes of the crisis for both the Venezuelan economy and the security of the Latin American region; and b) the involvement of the international community, with a particular emphasis on the activities of the European Union, the United Nations, Latin American governments and the United States. Hence, the hypothesis indicates that the problem concerning the migration crisis of Venezuela is both caused by and deepens further socio-economic problems of the country, causing a feedback effect. The article is prepared based on an institutional and legal method (analysis of selected initiatives and the shape of public policies supporting the problem of the refugee crisis of Venezuela); systemic (analysis of the impact of the migration crisis on regional security in Latin America); content analysis (in particular documents and statutes of international organizations and governments); descriptive statistics method (analysis of statistical data related to the scale of the economic crisis of Venezuela and the population affected by the refugee problem). The results of the article indicate that the possibilities of handling the migration crisis are still limited due to the lack of coordination of the actions of the Venezuelan government and international organizations.

Keywords: Venezuelan humanitarian crisis; Nicolas Maduro; Hugo Chavez; Venezuelan refugee crisis; international relations in Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H70 H72 H75 H76 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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