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This Quarterly Mixed Migration Update (QMMU) covers the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.. The QMMUs offer a quarterly update on new trends and dynamics related to mixed migration and relevant policy developments in the region.

The core countries of focus for this region are the countries currently affected by the Venezuelan crisis, including Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, in addition to the Caribbean islands.

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This Note updates and supersedes the UNHCR Guidance Note on the Outflow of Venezuelans of March 2018.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago — Forty-two representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) participated in the Migrant Protection and Assistance Training conducted this week (29-30/10) by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Port of Spain. The training was designed to strengthen the response to recent migration into Trinidad and increase the referral of vulnerable migrants for humanitarian assistance and other services.

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It is estimated that the number of Venezuelans abroad rose from 700,000 to more than 1,600,000 between 2015 and 20171. This large-scale migration in South America is demonstrated by a significant increase of Venezuelan nationals in the sub-continent - approximately 900 per cent between 2015 and 2017 (89,000 Venezuelan nationals in 2015; and up to 900,000 in 2017). In Central America and the Caribbean, the number of Venezuelan nationals doubled from around 50,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000.

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