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  • Colombia has taken a radical step to grant legal immigration status for up to 10 years to nearly one million undocumented Venezuelans already living in the country.

  • This will allow migrants toe work legally, as well as access, health care and other essential services.

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  • This'd is, ah, big move in the context of recent migrant crisis.

  • Aside from Syria, Venezuela's political and economic turmoil has prompted the biggest displacement of people in recent years.

  • The Organization of American States expects this number to rise to seven million this year.

  • Colombia has absorbed nearly 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants so far.

  • That's around 3.7% of Colombia's population.

  • Another three million are in other countries in the region.

  • This makes Colombia one of the biggest hosts off migrants around the world.

  • The Colombian government had hoped to receive more financial aid from the international community.

  • So far, this has not happened.

  • The world has seen about more than six million Syrians who have fled their homes.

  • In the case of Venezuelans, that number is probably bigger as of today than five million, so the numbers are quite similar, but when it comes to funding, there is a huge disparity on when we compute in terms off each refugee, how much the international community has assisted the hosting communities.

  • In the case of Syria, we find $3000 per Syrian refugee given by the international community.

  • In the case of Venezuelan refugees, the number is less than $800.

  • The Colombian move has been applauded abroad, but many Colombians strongly oppose it.

  • They feel that the country cannot afford to take in so many immigrants.

  • Colombia already faces domestic issues.

  • It is far from wealthy and has struggled with decades of armed conflict and sky high unemployment.

  • The Colombian government is hoping that despite rising intolerance, the integration of Venezuela's will become easier now that they have legal status.

  • It is a risky experiment, but if it succeeds, it might be able to present lessons to be learned far beyond Colombia's borders.

Colombia has taken a radical step to grant legal immigration status for up to 10 years to nearly one million undocumented Venezuelans already living in the country.

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