SIMN Participated in the Launch of the Refugee and Migrant Needs Analysis (RMNA) 2023

The SIMN Global delegation and the Regional Scalabrinian Missionaries participated in the launch of the Refugee and Migrant Needs Analysis 2023 (RMNA) of the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V).

Panama City, September 13, 2023 – A global (SIMN) and regional (Province Mother of Migrants) Scalabrinian delegation participated yesterday in the launch of the Refugee and Migrant Needs Analysis 2023 (RMNA) of the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V).

In the recent past, the leadership of both the R4V Platform (Platform for Venezuelans) and the Scalabrinian congregation agreed to strengthen their collaboration for the benefit of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. As a result of this agreement, the Scalabrinian congregation started its participation in the regional meetings of the R4V platform with yesterday’s meeting and will strengthen their involvement in the national processes of the platform. 

The Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants (R4V) is made up of over 200 organizations (including UN Agencies, civil society, faith-based organizations and NGOs, among others) that coordinate their efforts under Venezuela’s Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The analysis provides information on the situation and the various challenges faced by refugees and migrants in their destinations and during their movements, as well as the host communities affected by this situation. This report draws on a wide variety of sources, with particular emphasis on Joint Needs Assessments (JNAs) conducted by R4V partners in multiple countries. These annual needs assessments carried out by the National Platforms allow the RMNA to show the evolution of situations and needs compared to previous years.

On this occasion, the results of the diagnosis of the needs throughout the region are shared, and good practices in the countries of Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil are addressed. Additionally, the document addresses the most pressing needs for advancing the protection and integration of migrants and refugees. In summary, the analysis indicates that the sectoral needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region are integration, protection, and food security. These needs are identified in 15, 12, and 10 of the 17 countries as one of the top 3 needs respectively.

The participation of the Scalabrinians in the R4V Platform can bring a series of benefits to the Venezuelans in situation of human mobility, especially because of the wide presence of the congregation in the Latin America and Caribbean region (25 shelters, social and training centers), but also to the integral services provided at them. An active articulation at the national and regional levels with R4V is essential to continue promoting lasting and sustainable responses to both the Humanitarian Emergency and the Socioeconomic Integration of the populations to which we dedicate our mission,” stated Fr. Márcio Toniazzo, Executive Director of SIMN.