The director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS), Betilde Muñoz, said Wednesday that the massive exodus of Venezuelans could reach the figure of six million by the end of 2020.
In this sense, the official said that from the perspective of the OAS they must “resolve the factors that generate the forced migration of migrants.”
Likewise, she pointed out that “the receiving countries need to be able to receive more financial support to welcome Venezuelans and generate conditions that allow their integration.”
“The numbers for 2019 confirm that 4,769,498 Venezuelans have left the country in recent years. The volume of displaced people compares only with Syria on a global level, which today already has 6.7 million refugees. Some estimates indicate that by 2020 the migration crisis could reach those levels,” she said.
VENEZUELANS IN COLOMBIA
Venezuela and Colombia share a 2,219-kilometer border, which extends from the Amazon jungle to the Caribbean Sea.
More than 1.6 million Venezuelans have settled in the country, according to the latest figures from Migración Colombia. Of these, 720,000 are regulars.
There are 327,635 in Bogotá, while 93,140 are in Barranquilla, capital of the Caribbean department of Atlántico; 92,864 Venezuelans are in Cúcuta, which is the main border crossing between the two countries, and 78,622 citizens are in Medellín, Antioquia.