Venezuela migration to Colombia tops 1.2 million amid crisis

Venezuela migration to Colombia tops 1.2 million amid crisis

02/05 - 15:56 - More than 80,000 Venezuelans cross the Colombian border each day looking for food and medicine. Even as the international community is planning on sending aid to Venezuela, Adelis Sequera talks about what’s motivating him to start a new life.

Bogota, Colombia

More than 1.2 million Venezuelans are now living in neighboring Colombia and that figure could hit 2 million by year’s end amid a brutal power struggle and a deep economic crisis.

Colombia Migration Director Christian Kruger on Thursday released the new figures and said they were likely to climb if Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro continues clinging to power.

“If the usurper, the dictator Maduro, stays in Venezuela — obviously these figures will continue to increase, and not just in our country,” he said.

The United Nations says more than 3.4 million people have left Venezuela in recent years amid hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages.

Colombia — which shares a long, porous border with Venezuela — has seen the largest influx, and is now home to 1,260,594 Venezuelans, the government said. But Peru, Ecuador, Chile and others have also been impacted.

Bogota, Colombia

More than 1.2 million Venezuelans are now living in neighboring Colombia and that figure could hit 2 million by year’s end amid a brutal power struggle and a deep economic crisis.

Colombia Migration Director Christian Kruger on Thursday released the new figures and said they were likely to climb if Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro continues clinging to power.

“If the usurper, the dictator Maduro, stays in Venezuela — obviously these figures will continue to increase, and not just in our country,” he said.

The United Nations says more than 3.4 million people have left Venezuela in recent years amid hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages.

Colombia — which shares a long, porous border with Venezuela — has seen the largest influx, and is now home to 1,260,594 Venezuelans, the government said. But Peru, Ecuador, Chile and others have also been impacted.

Maduro, 57, is holding onto power as Washington and more than 50 other nations have said he’s an illegitimate leader who’s in office through electoral fraud. Instead, they recognize Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of congress, as the country’s sole president.

On Tuesday, Guaidó called for a military uprising that fell flat. But the country has been seized by street protests ever since, leaving at least four people dead and more than 100 injured, according to local media.

 

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