Cancun, Q.R. — Officials say that due to the circumstances in Venezuela, more than 1,000 a month are settling in the state of Quintana Roo.
Over the last three months, officials say the number of Venezuelans living in the state has increased from 5,000 to over 8,000 due to the social, political and economic problems in the country.
Liz Marilyn Torres Leal, director of the civil association Consejo Internacional Sumando Venezuela, acknowledged that the situation is sad. The images through television and social networks reveal a massive migration of Venezuelans to South American countries including Mexico.
She said that many of them are entering the country through the southern border of Quintana Roo, and that the numbers have increased considerably.
“It is estimated that 1,000 Venezuelans are arriving each month in the Mexican Caribbean,” she said adding that as a form of control, immigration is asking Venezuelans arriving at the border to have a letter of invitation from friends or family that already live here.
She said the goal is to keep check on the people who are entering Mexico.
“Family and friends who invite them to take refuge in Mexico need to offer to take care of them and offer lodging and food while their immigration status is regulated,” she explained.
She added that with this system, Venezuelans arriving in Quintana Roo will not end up homeless on the streets, which is what is happening in other countries such as Colombia and Ecuador.