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Displaced Colombians open their doors to Venezuelan refugees and migrants

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Displaced Colombians open their doors to Venezuelan refugees and migrants

UNHCR News, 14 Dec 2018

URL: https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2018/12/5c12bbae4/displaced-colombians-open-doors-venezuelan-refugees-migrants.html
Over three million Venezuelans have left their home country. An estimated 5,500 cross every day to Colombia with the purpose of staying in the country or continuing their journey southwards.

Over 35,000 people enter Colombia every day through the crossing in the North Santander region, many of them Venezuelans looking for protection, food or medicine who then return to their country.

In an example of true solidarity, neighbours of Las Delicias suburb have opened their arms and doors to those fleeing Venezuela. 23 families are currently hosting more than 150 Venezuelans in the community.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, supports this solidarity network by covering water and electricity costs. The families within the network identified this need as a priority to improve their life conditions.