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Maduro Blames Colombia for Response to Venezuela Refugee Crisis

  • Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing repression, economic crisis
  • Colombia, Brazil dispatch troops, refugee aid to border areas
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rebuked his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, for tightening controls along the South American nations’ shared border amid a growing refugee crisis.

A surge of Venezuelans crossing the frontier has prompted Santos to deploy thousands of troops and restrict access to Colombia as the flow of migrants has overwhelmed local authorities and social services.