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Article Mexico: Foreign Minister Announces Repatriation Agreement with Venezuela

On March 21, 2024, Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena announced that Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had reached an agreement aimed at assisting Venezuelan migrants currently residing in Mexico to opt for voluntary repatriation to Venezuela.

Under the terms of this initiative, known as the “Vuelta a la Patria” (Return to the Homeland) program, Mexico agreed to provide a monthly grant of US$110 for six months to Venezuelan migrants who choose to return to their home country. In addition to the economic support, agreements have reportedly been reached with Venezuelan and Mexican companies, including Bimbo, Polar, and the Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, which have agreed to work with the returning migrants and provide them with jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in Venezuela.

The Return to the Homeland program also includes provisions establishing both air and land transportation options to facilitate the voluntary return of migrants and their families to Venezuela.

Barcena stated that Mexico’s decision to enter into this agreement stemmed from the inability of the Mexican government to provide adequate support to the increasing number of Venezuelan migrants currently in Mexico. Official sources have indicated that over 200,000 Venezuelans entered Mexico illegally last year. Barcena additionally stated that similar programs are being planned with Colombia and Ecuador, as both of these countries have large numbers of migrants in Mexico as well.

Prepared by Martina Perez Blanco, Law Library Intern, under the supervision of Gustavo Guerra, Foreign Law Specialist

Law Library of Congress, May 1, 2024

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