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Refugee agency special envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie voiced support on Tuesday (October 23) for Venezuelans forced to leave their crisis-stricken homeland and thanked the South American countries hosting them.
She met with Venezuelan refugees in Lima, Peru this week to draw attention to their plight.
Has estimated some 2.6 million Venezuelans have left their oil-rich nation, with the majority departing since 2015 amid a crippling economic crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.
Jolie's visit comes amid a backlash against Venezuelans in some South American countries where they have settled.
Peru was one of the first countries to create a special residency programme for Venezuelans, allowing them to work legally in the Andean country of 32 million people.
But as the number of Venezuelans here has climbed to nearly half a million, Peru has tightened entry requirements, citing security concerns, and cut the residency programme short.
Jolie met with Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and said they discussed ways the international community can help host countries like Peru accommodate Venezuelans.