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The Displaced: When 40,000 desperate Venezuelans hit a tiny island

Four million people have fled Venezuela, as the country continues to face economic and political crisis.

40,000 have gone to the small Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, just seven miles off the coast.

But life isn’t easy for those who arrive, and some locals have made it clear they’re not welcome. The BBC’s Ashley John-Baptiste went to find out more.

In 2018 - more than 35,000 people were forced to flee their homes every day - that's one every two seconds.

This story is part of a BBC News series, called "The Displaced" - a selection of stories exploring the human impact of this movement, and how it is changing our world.

Check back next week, Monday 23rd September, for our next episode in Uganda #TheDisplaced

If you have been affected by these issues in Trinidad or anywhere else in the world and would like to speak to the BBC, email

Video by Olivia Lace-Evans