The ambassador in Colombia, Humberto Calderón Berti, said that only in Colombia there are one million six hundred thousand Venezuelans – number which could be greater due to the illegal crossings – of which only six hundred thousand have the Special Permit of Permanence (PEP).
Calderón Berti clarified that the PEP is of the utmost importance, since with it, Venezuelans can live in the brother country having access to health, legal employment, housing and education.
He also highlighted the great work done by the Colombian government. “At least three million Venezuelans have received help in public hospitals, the bulk of the parturients treated in the border area are Venezuelan women (74%), the family welfare system has welcomed hundreds of abandoned children, children and youth under age are offered free education, in addition to the dining service they have placed in Cúcuta (where approximately six thousand meals are served daily)”, said Calderón.
Also, he added that “of the flow of Venezuelans that enters Colombia daily, is estimated to be at least five thousand people who do not return, half gets established in Colombian territory and the other half moves towards other countries in the region”.
For his part, the ambassador urged the nations of the world to collaborate even more with the crisis in Venezuela. “In addition to Colombia, the US is the country that most helps the Venezuelan people”, he added.
During his interview with the Venezuelan media, VPI TV, the diplomat said that “the limitations with which they must work in Colombia, at the level of infrastructure, personnel and economic resources, limit the consular services they can offer”, however, he stated that “Without resources they have been able to help as many expatriates as possible. We are the embassy in which more Venezuelans have registered in the Single Consular Registry”.