Astrid Liden- Laidlaw Summer 2020

In my video, I discuss the research I did on the Venezuelan migration crisis and the experiences of families, specifically women and children. I also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Venezuelan diaspora, and I look forward to continuing this work!

For the past few weeks, I have had the great opportunity to engage in research on the Venezuelan migration crisis, a crisis that has seen 5 million people, almost 15% of Venezuela’s population, leave the country. With the spread of COVID-19, Venezuelan migrants who have had to flee by foot/bus find themselves in troubling situations. In light of the pandemic, many are actually returning to Venezuela, despite the reasons they left to begin with. In the recent months, there has been a trend of more young Venezuelans, many with families or hoping to reunite with their families, crossing borders. My project examines the experiences of these families in the evolution of the migration/refugee crisis through political actions by countries, international response, personal narratives, and the worsening crisis of COVID-19 in Latin America on Venezuelan migrants and those coming back to the nation.