"The percentage of Venezuelans who work informally, as well as the percentage of those who work without a visa, is worrisome. Some of their employers have warned them that they will not be paid on the days they do not work," Daniel Regalado, the president of the "Venezuela in Ecuador" NGO, denounced.
Difficulties in working and paying rent, however, are not the only thing that puts migrants at risk. The charities also highlight that many Venezuelans do not have an income that allows them to buy "buy masks or basic goods."
To expose the type of problems Venezuelans are facing amidst the Covid-19 emergency, Regalado related the case of a young couple living in Quito who has been presenting symptoms of a respiratory condition for several days.
However, at the emergency phone service enabled by the authorities to report such cases, "they have not been attended because they are Venezuelans," Regalado denounced and added that this case has been brought to the attention of the Ombudsman's Office.