This Tuesday the ambassador to Colombia, Tomás Guanipa, highlighted the statements of the Director of ‘Migración Colombia’, Juan Espinosa, who pointed out that only 2% of the crimes in Colombia are committed by Venezuelans.
In response to these figures offered by the Colombian State, Guanipa stated that it is “unacceptable the intention to stigmatize our compatriots as criminal and violent.”
According to the latest report published by the director of Colombia’s migration office, Juan Espinosa, throughout the country barely 2% of crimes are committed by Venezuelans. In his statements he specified that in the worst case there are regions where 6% of the crimes are committed by Venezuelan migrants.
“The vast majority of Venezuelans are people who behave well, who want to get ahead, who want to escape a terrible reality (…) The crime commited by Venezuelan migrants is a low percentage (of the total),” said Espinosa.
He also urged Colombian citizens not to echo the xenophobia promoted by unscrupulous politicians. “Venezuelans have enough burden so that stigmatization or to generalize as an easy way out, harms them even more.”
These messages, both from Ambassador Guanipa and the director of Migration Colombia, come as a response to the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, who without any basis issued xenophobic statements towards Venezuelans blaming them for crime in the country.