Venezuela’s 21st-century socialism is pushing ever more people into exile. The exodus has reached record levels.
According to a survey by the Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, 1.2-1.5 million Venezuelans now live outside the country. Ninety percent of that emigration has taken place in the past 15 years.
“Venezuela has gone from being a country of immigration to being one of emigration,” said Tomas Paez, a sociologist at the University of Caracas. “President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has done nothing to curb the exodus – quite the opposite: They are encouraging it.”