On Monday night, a new Plan Vuelta a la Patria flight arrived in Venezuela from Guayaquil, Ecuador, with 97 Venezuelans as part of a massive repatriation plan ordered by President Nicolás Maduro in early 2021.
The Venezuelan nationals, including 28 children and adolescents, were welcomed at the Simón Bolívar International Airport by the Foreign Vice-minister for Latin America, Rander Peña.
“We have welcomed 97 Venezuelans from Guayaquil. This is the 54th flight from Ecuador in the context of this beautiful plan that enables family reunification,” stressed the Venezuelan diplomat.
In addition to the lack of economic and job opportunities in Ecuador, family reunification was one of the main reasons why these 97 Venezuelans returned to their country.
Hardships in the Republic of Ecuador have increased in the last year due to the propagation of coronavirus, mass evictions and layoffs, as well as an increase in violence against Venezuelan women.
Since Plan Vuelta a la Patria was launched 3 years ago, over 24,000 Venezuelans have returned to their country from different Latin American countries.
Plan Vuelta a la Patria is also the farthest-reaching humanitarian air bridge in history.