The acting Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, called on Thursday to “mobilize the efforts of the Europeans” to support Colombia in its work of attention to the displaced Venezuelans.
Borrell pointed out that the European Union (EU) has convened an international donor conference convened by the end of October or the beginning of November and stressed that “the effort of Europeans will have to be mobilized” in this objective.
Traditionally Spain is the country that transfers Latin American issues to European institutions.
The minister said that the number of refugees arriving in Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis is “infinitely greater” than that of Syrians or Africans arriving in Europe, and that this Latin American country faces this phenomenon “with much less regrets and much better will than the Europeans.”
Almost 1.4 million Venezuelan citizens have moved to Colombia fleeing the economic, political and social crisis in their country, and the flow is constant as about 35,000 daily cross the common border.
The chancellor wondered “what would happen if, suddenly, on the border of Spain and Portugal appeared 1.5 million people looking for help” and if Spain and the EU would be up to it, as is Colombia.
“Colombia is making a ‘colossal effort’ to welcome Venezuelans that the European Union must support”, added the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain.