Venezuelan voices create cultural bridges in the Dominican Republic

Close-up of the camera screen during the recording of a Radio Globalízate interview.

Gina and Hugo left Venezuela in 2017, not knowing that their journey would lead to the creation of a vital digital platform for their fellow migrants in the Dominican Republic. Each of them had 25 years of experience as journalists, and they took charge of managing the radio station. Go global which for five years has been a beacon of hope and connectivity for the Venezuelan community.

“The premise behind this community radio is that a migrant must help another migrant. Give them a voice and a window of verified and quality information to the Venezuelan community to make all Venezuelan migrants feel at home,” says Gina, reflecting. passionately about the platform that employs both migrants and the communities that host them.

Radio Globalízate has evolved and has become much more than just a radio station; is now a true lifeline for Venezuelans living in the Dominican Republic, providing crucial information about the historic Special Residence Agreements and information about human rights, access to employment, health care, education and banking offices through digital platforms.

With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and in close collaboration with the Dominican government and Venezuelan civil society organizations, Radio Globalízate provides quality information to the migrant community. It broadcasts in Spanish and covers local and national news, offers live shows and also organizes debates on issues related to migration.

“In essence we are like a kind of bridge between the Dominican government and Venezuelan migrants to inform communities about the regularization plan, create awareness campaigns, support centers that provide information to migrants, and conduct tours throughout the country. country with government representatives to meet with the migrants,” says Hugo while emphasizing his commitment to the work he does.

Despite the predominance of digital media, radio continues to be a reliable source of information and a reference connection, especially among Venezuelans. When seeking advice and answers, many turn to the familiar voices of Radio Globalízate and that is where they find support and confidence in their broadcasts.

“They have really dispelled many doubts regarding the regularization process and, most importantly, they provide that service for free,” says Andrés Car, one of the listeners. This observation agrees with the hundreds of positive comments circulating in the country about the valuable work that the Radio Globalízate station carries out.

Even Gina and Hugo benefited from the Regularization Plan, creating a company and fully integrating into society as entrepreneurs after several years of working in the area of ​​real estate business.

Gina and her daughter during one of the broadcasts.

Challenging stereotypes

In addition to reporting, Gina and Hugo have developed a platform that fights against stereotypes and xenophobia against Venezuelans. By sharing positive stories of resilience and integration the station hopes to foster empathy and solidarity in the community.

Regarding future plans, Radio Globalízate plans to expand by incorporating journalists from across the region who witness its impact on community integration and support. “We are no longer a reference only in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean,” Gina says proudly in relation to how the popularity of the station has increased, saying that it can serve as a model for similar initiatives in other countries.

Hugo reflects on the links that were created between Dominicans and Venezuelans through the radio station, expressing gratitude for the kind reception. “Our audience motivates us to continue growing,” concludes Hugo.

Radio Globalízate represents unity, resilience and community spirit, building bridges between cultures and forging connections across borders. Thanks to the dedication of Gina and Hugo, it continues to be a light of hope and empowerment for Venezuelans in their new home.

This story was written by Gema Cortés, IOM Press Unit, Office of the Special Envoy for the Regional Response to the Situation in Venezuela.

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