Venezuelans who arrive in Colombia, the main destination of migration, are mainly located in Bogotá (20%), followed by Medellín with 14%, Cúcuta, Cali and Medellín
This Tuesday, July 19, the balance of the first year of implementation of the Temporary Protection Statute was presented in the city of Bogotá. According to the CEO of Colombian MigrationJuan Francisco Espinosa, the number of Venezuelan citizens living in that country grew 34% between the months of August 2021 and February 2022.
By August of last year, Migration Colombia had registered one million 842 thousand Venezuelan citizens residing in that country. The figure stood at two million 477 thousand at the end of February 2022.
Among them, 295,000 migrants who entered illegally through trails and are already in the process of regularization. Venezuelans who arrive in that nation are mainly located in Bogotá (20%), followed by Medellín with 14%, Cúcuta, Cali and Medellín.
Espinosa indicated that the balance of implementation of the Temporary Protection Statute has been positive, if one takes into account that, to date, more than 96% of Venezuelan citizens who were in Colombia have begun their process to avail themselves of this benefit.
Regarding the number of Temporary Protection Permits (PPT) that have been granted to date, the director of Migration said that there are more than one million 389 thousand authorized and, of these, about one million 324 are printed, while more than one million 134 thousand have been withdrawn.
He also highlighted the commitment of the Colombian Migration officers, the collaboration of the different government entities, the support of international cooperation and the accompaniment of citizens to carry out this process.
For her part, the Vice Minister of Education revealed that about 90% of Venezuelan migrant children are enrolled in public or private entities, according to a report by that Ministry.
On May 5, 2021, the implementation of the Temporary Protection Statute began, which was divided into three parts. The first phase, totally virtual, consists of the registration of the Venezuelan citizen in the Single Registry of Venezuelan Migrants (RUMV) and a socioeconomic characterization survey.
The second phase consists of taking or registering biometric data. The third phase in the study, approval and printing of the Temporary Protection Permit. Venezuelan migrants who entered the country after January 31, 2021, stamping their passport, will have until November 24, 2023 to avail themselves of this benefit.
With information from Time