JEREMY Corbyn has been left red-faced by eurocrats after they announced an 3,500% surge in asylum applications from Venezuela.
Official EU statistics show the number of people fleeing the left-wing regime for Europe has sky-rocketed over the last three years.
That is despite the Labour leader praising the country as a pin up for socialism in action.
In 2014 just 325 Venezuelans claimed refuge in EU nations, but that increased to a whopping 11,980 last year.
Tory MEP John Flack told The Sun: “This makes clear what a poisonous bunch Jeremy Corbyn's pals in Venezuela really are.
"The fact the EU is having to take in people fleeing persecution shows how disastrous his vision of a socialist Britain is.”
Fellow Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman added: “Corbyn’s Marxist Valhalla, Venezuela, is fast turning into Dante’s Inferno.
“This is a real example of how extreme Socialist policies lead to economic and social meltdown even in a country so rich in resources like oil.
“Britain beware. Corbyn could do the same to us.”
EU officials put the seismic shift down to “political and economic challenges” in the South American basket case.
They said: “The upward trend has continued in the first two months of 2018, with Venezuela being the only country of origin amongst the top 10 in the EU that saw an increase in the number of asylum applications between January and February 2018.
“On an annual basis, Venezuelan applicants for international protection in the EU have increased by over 3,500% between 2014 and 2017.”
Mr Corbyn warmly congratulated President Nicolas Maduro upon his election three years ago, just before the mass exodus has begun.
The regime in Caracas has meted out shocking brutality, with starving civilians reduced to eating zoo animals as armed cops dish out beatings to political opponents.
Many senior figures in the Venezuelan government have been targeted by EU sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans over the atrocities.
But the Labour leader has repeatedly refused to condemn the socialist administration despite repeated calls to do so.
Speaking in 2015 he said people should “celebrate the achievements of Venezuela in jobs, in housing, in health, in education, but above all its role in the whole world as a completely different place”.
And asked about the regime’s thuggish oppression last year, Mr Corbyn could only bring himself to condemn violence “on all sides”.