Over 9,000 Venezuelan migrants from around Latin America are registered with the Plan Vuelta a la Patria (Return to the Homeland plan), the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs said Monday.
A total of 9,207 people will return from Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Panama, the ministry announced from its official Twitter account.
A three-step process, the Return to the Homeland Plan requires participants to register prior in order to arrange state-funded transportation and a reinitiation into the Bolivarian social system.
So far, Brazil has seen the greatest exodus of migrants with 6,413 Venezuelans returning home, followed by Ecuador and Peru, both with just over 560 people.
The plan, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro introduced on Aug. 4, envisions that returning Venezuelans can be reinserted into the life they left with the help of various national social programs.
Upon returning home, participants are asked to share their reasons for returning. According to a survey, 60 percent returned home due to economic difficulties, 47 percent were greeted with xenophobia while abroad, and health concerns or unaffordable medical care brought at least 12 percent back to Venezuelan soil.