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UNHCR and IOM welcome Colombia’s decision to regularize Venezuelan refugees and migrants

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UNHCR and IOM welcome Colombia’s decision to regularize Venezuelan refugees and migrants

UNHCR, 08 Feb 2021

URL: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2021/2/60214cf74/unhcr-iom-welcome-colombias-decision-regularize-venezuelan-refugees-migrants.html
UNHCR and IOM today praised Colombia’s initiative to provide ten-year temporary protection status to Venezuelans in the country. The Temporary Protection Status will also provide access to basic services including the national health system and COVID-19 vaccination plans. Regularization is also key to long-term solutions, including access to the job market, which in turn serves to lessen the dependency of people on humanitarian assistance while also contributing to the country’s post COVID-19 socio-economic recovery.