This Saturday, 600 Venezuelans returned from Ecuador and Peru to their native country thanks to the “Vuelta a la Patria” program, promoted by the Government of President Nicolás Maduro. In total, there were six flights: three from Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, and three from Lima, capital of Peru. In Ecuador, flights took off from the Mariscal Sucre airport during the morning and part of the afternoon, taking 300 Venezuelans to Caracas, among which 53 were boys and girls.
In Peru, planes left Lima from the Jorge Chávez airport, at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm (local time), returning to Venezuela another 300 beneficiaries in total. Of these, 60 are minors.
Thus, the number of Venezuelans who have returned to the country through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria from Latin American and Caribbean nations rises to 11,222.
“Returning to Venezuela is very expensive, and this is wonderful, you always need your family. (…) It is not good to leave the country, one feels bad. You go out there to make money, but let’s not leave Venezuela, whatever it is, let’s stay [in our Homeland], there’s better”, said one of the beneficiaries of the Return to the Homeland Plan, Isaura Ciero, during the waiting line to access the first of the planes that came from Ecuador.
Also, another of the beneficiaries said very excited that his experience in Quito “was xenophobic, without opportunities and celebrated the initiative of the worker and humanist president, Nicolás Maduro, to repatriate us without any cost. Venezuela is a country of opportunities, there are more opportunities than here in Ecuador. I am happy to return to my homeland and to fight for my country. I will fight there till I died. Now I realize how big Venezuela is. ”
For his part, in Peru, a small boy named Sebastián, who was with his family at the Venezuelan embassy in Peru, said in a touching way: “I’m excited to see all my friends and my brother. I am very happy because we are going to return to Venezuela and I believe in God and when I grow up I will believe much more in him “.
Another of the returnees traveling from Lima to Caracas today said that “we Venezuelans like to work but here they exploit us and we prefer to return to our country and continue fighting to raise Venezuela.”
The Return to the Fatherland Plan
The program promoted by President Nicolás Maduro seeks to help Venezuelans who in recent years left their country voluntarily and who wish to return with the premise of studying, working and contributing to the economic prosperity of Venezuela.
Many of them migrated pushed by the campaign of media manipulation against their native country, believing that outside they would find a better quality of life. Several have denounced the suffering of discrimination, xenophobia, labor mistreatment and lack of opportunities in the nations they arrived at.
The Plan is absolutely free and the trips are paid in full by the Government of Venezuela. It has no prior or subsequent conditions of a political nature or of any kind for its beneficiaries.
What are the requirements to qualify for the Plan?
- Be a Venezuelan citizen.
- Manifest the voluntary desire to return to Venezuela.
- Register in the System of Registry of the Plan offering updated and true information about the situation abroad, consigning a copy or proof of the required documents.
- If you do not have documentation, you must provide identity information, including the residence address or the address and information of your relatives in Venezuela.
- It is not necessary to make any type of payment before, during or after the procedure.
- It is not necessary to belong or manifest any type of ideology or political affinity.
- It is enough to approach the consulates of Venezuela of the country in which the interested parties are residing.
Translated by JRE