Don't underestimate scale of Venezuela migration crisis, World Bank director says

Venezuelan asylum-seekers and migrants on the road from Cúcuta to Pamplona, in Norte de Santander department, Colombia. Photo by: Reuters

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The donor funds pledged to the Venezuela response do not match the scope of host needs — and neither does awareness of the scale of the crisis, according to Ulrich Zachau, World Bank director for Colombia and Venezuela.

There was great awareness across Europe of the impact and size of recent migration flows from the Middle East and Africa to that continent, which saw his home country of Germany take in around 1 million people over the course of five years, he explained in an interview with Devex.

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    Teresa Welsh

    Teresa Welsh is a Reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.