What Happened: Venezuelan lawmaker Edgar Zambrano has said that delegations from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru were studying measures to grant Venezuelan refugees legal status, Panorama reported Aug. 15.
Why It Matters: If true, the measures demonstrate that regional states are adopting a welcoming posture toward Venezuelan migrants rather than attempting to staunch the flow of people leaving the country.
Background: Venezuela's worsening economic and political crises have prompted millions of citizens to leave the country. While Colombia has increased security along its border with Venezuela, the vast majority of migrants are still leaving Venezuela unimpeded.
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