Venezuela announces the creation of a migratory police and the payment of passports in "petros".

Venezuela announces the creation of a migratory police and the payment of passports in "petros".
    Venezuela announces the creation of a migratory police and the payment of passports in "petros".
    Venezuela will create a migratory police and issue passports that will be paid in "petros", the cryptocurrency created by the government, vice president Delcy Rodríguez said Friday, at a time when millions of inhabitants have left the country affected by an economic crisis.

    The OPEC member country, which until now had the National Guard as the force in charge of security at the borders, is witnessing an exodus of Venezuelans escaping the recession and hyperinflation that affect the country.

    Some 2.6 million Venezuelans have left the country, mainly to South America, according to the United Nations. President Nicolás Maduro says the figures are inflated and that no more than 600,000 Venezuelans have left their land in two years.

    In a statement broadcast on state television, the vice president did not explain the reasons for the creation of the new force nor gave details about its structure.

    He added that starting next Monday and until November 1 the cost for the issuance of a new passport will be 7,200 bolivars, or about 62.2 dollars at the parallel market exchange rate. The minimum monthly salary is 1,800 bolivars, or about 15 dollars at the same parallel rate.

    He said that after that date, the value will be equivalent to two petros, or the name of the digital currency launched in February by the government and difficult to detect almost anywhere,

    Rodriguez recalled that since November the petro, whose value the government placed at 60 dollars, will be used to collect products such as gasoline from airplanes and real estate transactions, among others, hence the passports would also be governed by the cryptocurrency.

    The value of a new passport was until now the equivalent of cents.

    Obtaining a passport in Venezuela is already difficult because the website of the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Aliens (Saime), where to request the appointment to obtain the document, is blocked frequently, and if it is achieved, it may take months before deliver the papers.
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