Viewfinder: Venezuelans Fleeing an Economic Crisis in Their Home Country Apply to Stay in Peru

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A policeman takes fingerprints of a Venezuelan migrant as a group of migrants wait to apply for resident visas or temporary stay permits at an Interpol facility in Lima, Peru, on August 29th, 2018. Last Friday, Peru enacted rules that mandated that Venezuelans coming into the country show a passport (previously, the law only required an identification card). Since then, hundreds of Venezuelans have applied for asylum in Peru. As Venezuela suffers an unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled into other South American countries, escaping intolerable food and medicine shortages in their home country.

A policeman takes fingerprints of a Venezuelan migrant as a group of migrants wait to apply for resident visas or temporary stay permits at an Interpol facility in Lima, Peru, on August 29th, 2018. Last Friday, Peru enacted rules that mandated that Venezuelans coming into the country show a passport (previously, the law only required an identification card). Since then, hundreds of Venezuelans have applied for asylum in Peru. As Venezuela suffers an unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled into other South American countries, escaping intolerable food and medicine shortages in their home country.

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