Submitted on Thursday, 9/6/2018, at 11:08 PM

Political turmoil and a plummeting economy in Venezuela have resulted in millions of Venezuelans fleeing to surrounding countries in South and Central America.

Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor of Political Science at Amherst spoke with PBS NewsHour about the implications of this refugee crisis for these countries and Venezuela.

“These are countries that are not necessarily impoverished, but they do not have the capacity to have a refugee crisis of this magnitude, and happening at this speed,” he said. “There’s no question that these governments are going to have to respond. These are a large number of people in dire need suddenly arriving.”