Most have settled in neighboring countries where, since 2020, they’ve struggled with coronavirus lockdowns, economic turmoil and increasing hostility toward migrants.Now many are making another life-changing, potentially risky decision: They’re returning to the country they once escaped.
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Many people have fled Venezuela. These migrants are returning.
Conditions in the authoritarian socialist country remain dire. But struggles abroad have led some émigrés to go back.