Fifty Venezuelan migrants without the correct documentation were expelled from Peru via an airport in Lima on Thursday. The Peruvian government says the Venezuelan nationals, comprising men and women of different ages, had violated the country's immigration laws by falsifying documents to conceal their criminal records.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who oversaw the expulsions at the airfield, announced that from June 15 only Venezuelan citizens with passports and a humanitarian visa will be allowed to enter Peru.

To date around 140 Venezuelans have been expelled for similar document-related reasons. "We will not allow people to continue to commit crimes here," said Vizcarra.

Since 2017, some 700,000 Venezuelan migrants have arrived in Peru, according to Peruvian migration services.

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