Thursday, May 10, 2018

One Million Venezuelans Have Fled To Colombia In The Past Year

People cross over the Simon Bolivar international bridge to Colombia from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, August 13, 2016. Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters

The Guardian/AFP: One million fled economic crisis-hit Venezuela for Colombia in past year

Red Cross says with the crisis intensifying, an estimated 37,000 people were now crossing the Colombian border each day

At least one million people have entered Colombia from Venezuela since President Nicol├ís Maduro’s government descended into crisis last year, a senior Red Cross official told AFP on Wednesday.

The health director at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Emanuele Capobianco, said that not all have stayed in Colombia as displaced people, with some moving on to other countries in the region.

“To date we know that approximately one million people have entered Colombia through official migration points, and we don’t know how many have entered Colombia through unofficial migration points,” he said in a phone interview in Geneva, specifying that this movement had occurred “since mid-2017”.

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WNU editor: Here is an easy prediction .... this exodus is only going to escalate.

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