Nicolas Maduro, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, announced that he will request financial aid from the United Nations (UN) to help with payment of flights for the Return to the Homeland Plan, boosted by the government.
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During a press conference Thursday, the Venezuelan president extended an invitation to visit the country to former Guatemalan President Eduardo Stein, who was designated Wednesday as UN representative for the evaluation of the Venezuelan migrants' situation.
"I invite you, come to Venezuela," Maduro said.
President Maduro highlighted that "500 million dollars, I'm going to ask from the UN as support, from resources the UN has to support Venezuela so that the migrants can return, because false offers were made to them." The leader said that the funds would be used to pay for the planes used for the repatriation of Venezuelans.
The Homeland plan was established by the Venezuelan government to facilitate the repatriation of Venezuelan migrants who went to other countries. According to official data, 3,039 Venezuelans have returned to their country. Additionally, 5,000 migrants have registered at the embassy in Peru to return to Venezuela.
"At least 5,000 Venezuelans who went to Peru have enrolled in the Return to Homeland Plan. Unfortunately, they were deceived and many of them scammed with false promises," President Maduro stated.
The Return Homeland Plan envisages that returning Venezuelans can be reinserted into the life they left with the help of various national social programs.