“Venezuela opened its arms to millions of Colombians in moments of unease and difficulty, and today our country reiterates that brotherhood,” said the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, during an act to commemorate Refugee Day.
The Colombian president asked the international community to not stop looking for a solution to the serious crisis that Venezuela is going through, and that has been caused by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
“Migrants and refugees are in pain and sad because they saw how this dictatorship put an end to what they had built for decades. Many have left but only because in their hearts and consciences there is the interest to return,” he said.
Duque stressed that the migratory phenomenon that exists in Latin America is the most serious in the world and that the Venezuelan crisis overwhelms that of Syria or Sudan.
He affirmed that migration enriches societies and strengthens democracies, which is why he called for rejecting any form of xenophobia. “Venezuelans in Colombia receive dignified treatment and are offered a better future prospect.”
Finally, he added that all Venezuelan migrants flee to the countries of the continent because they are fleeing a totalitarian regime that annihilated opportunities, business development and the peaceful and democratic transmission of power.
“Today we welcome Venezuelan migrants with the greatest affection, but we also have to convey to them that we are not going to renounce to be by their side so that the conditions for their return may be established after the recovery of democracy,” he concluded.
En el #DíaMundialDelRefugiado destacamos que nuestro Estatuto Temporal de Protección para Migrantes Venezolanos fue pensado desde la campaña presidencial con un sentido humanitario. Hoy ya tenemos registradas a más de un millón de personas. @ACNURamericas pic.twitter.com/3yOHu9feQe
— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) June 20, 2021