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The other story about Venezuela

By Jean-Nicolas Beuze      

As the country convulses in political crisis, millions of Venezuelans are fleeing to communities in neighbouring countries, which have been generous but are approaching a breaking point.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters outside the House of Commons on Jan. 29. She is set to host a Lima Group meeting on Feb. 4 in Ottawa. The group is made up of likeminded countries in the Americas concerned about Venezuela's political situation. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When Canada convenes the Lima Group on Feb. 4, which since August 2017 has been trying to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, top diplomats from the participating countries will certainly have in mind the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants from Venezuela. This is indeed an unprecedented population outflow in Latin America’s history.

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