Venezuela Says US Sanctions Causing Emigration Spike

Venezuela Says US Sanctions Causing Emigration Spike

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Sanctions imposed by the United States are driving more Venezuelans to emigrate to neighboring countries, Venezuelan Labor Minister Francisco Torrealba told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

The official made the remarks while presenting a Venezuelan report on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, in Geneva, Xinhua reported.

Venezuela's migratory flow is atypical, extraordinary and induced, the minister stressed, saying US sanctions were to blame.

The increase in Venezuelans emigrating is the result of a US "policy of aggression, based on the criminal imposition of illegal unilateral coercive measures, that seeks to destroy the peace, social stability and economy of our country," with the aim of overthrowing the constitutional government of the South American nation, said Torrealba.

Regarding the situation of migrant workers in Venezuela, Torrealba said they were cared for under principles of "social inclusion, solidarity, justice, social equity and gender equality." 

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