The document, signed by the representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, intends to become a road map to face the unusual immigration flow of Venezuelans. Among other things, urges the Government of Venezuela to provide documents that guarantee the free mobility of its citizens such as identity cards, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and others.
Unfortunately, it is a reality that the lack of suitable travel documents for Venezuelan citizens to enter another country - such as the passport - has generated irregular immigration, also resulting in "difficulties about immigration procedures" and "negative effects on the social and economic integration" of them in the host countries.
In our country, for security reasons, since August 25th this year Venezuelan citizens are required to present their passport as a requirement of admission within the national territory, a requirement that has reduced the flow of income of citizens of that nationality, however, it has generated a dramatic situation in the border post of Huaquillas (Ecuador-Peru border) in those who did not have a valid passport that would allow them or their families to enter.
Finally, one of the action plans of the countries gathered for the signing of the "Declaration of Quito" is to establish a regional program jointly with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the purpose that the mass immigration of Venezuelan citizens is developed in a safe manner for both the host countries and the migrants themselves, making this exodus a safe and orderly one within the region.
Source: El Nuevo Herald < www.elnuevoherald.com > ;
Cancillería de Ecuador < https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec >