The number of migrants and refugees who fled Venezuela has reached 3 million, the United Nations announced on Thursday.
Colombia welcomed the highest numbers of people — for a total of more than 1 million.
Other countries in the region, such as Peru, Ecuador and Argentina, are also hosting hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees.
"Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have largely maintained a commendable open-door policy," said Eduardo Stein, UNHCR-IOM Joint Special Representative in a statement. But he added, the reception capacity of these countries "is severely strained," Stein said.
The rising number of people fleeing Venezuela is taking a toll on its neighboring countries, with increased needs both for the refugees and for the communities who host them.