The migration of Venezuelans to Colombia will decrease in 2023 for the first time in a decade

Bogotá, February 21 (EFE).- The migration of Venezuelans to Colombia, the country that hosts the largest exodus of people from Venezuela, decreased for the first time in the last decade, as reported this Wednesday by Migración Colombia.

According to the government’s immigration agency, “the presence of Venezuelan migrants peaked in December 2022 and has been declining month-on-month since then.”

In December 2023, according to Colombian migration data, there were 2,864,796 Venezuelans in Colombia, so there was a decrease of 1.10%, which is equal to 32,000 fewer people than the 2,896,748 people registered in December 2022.

“This drop, during the first decade, reflects the results of the policy of restoring relations implemented between Colombia and Venezuela and other relevant phenomena,” said the director of Migration Colombia, Fernando García, during the occasional commission session. A further process of restoring relations with Venezuela was held in the Congress of the Republic.

An increase in the number of registered migrants was also observed in the country, with 3.4% more income in 2023 compared to the previous year, representing a total of 468,083 people from Venezuela.

The massive regularization of Venezuelan migrants, which began in 2021, has benefited almost 2.3 million Venezuelan migrants who, thanks to the protection status, have access to health services, education or labor rights, among others.

On the other hand, Migration Colombia estimates that there are 227,389 Venezuelan migrants in the country in an irregular situation, because they had a special permanent permit (PEP) but were not transferred in time to a special protection status.

Source: El Diario

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