A total of 40,000 Venezuelan migrants may claim in Bogota their Temporary Protection Permits (PPT) to regularize their stay in Colombia from November 21 to 25 in the framework of massive PPT delivery days supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID).
This “PPT Delivery-Guarantee your rights” will have a total of six daysthe second of which will be held next year in the cities of Medellin, Cali, Cucuta, Barranquilla and Cartagenaalthough there is still no specific date scheduled.
During the sessions, services will also be offered, such as the attention to affiliation applications to the health promoting entities (EPS), vaccination in the permanent scheme and against COVID-19, legal accompaniment in crimes that affect the migrant population or advice on school access routes for out-of-school minors.
Although this identification document does not guarantee access to rights such as health or education in the country, the general director of Migration Colombia, Fernando Garciaassured that “the PPT is a first step towards a longer integration process.”
Similarly, García reported that of the nearly 2.5 million pre-registrations for the Temporary Protection Statute, 1.5 million of them have been delivered to Venezuelan migrants.
Of the 100 million euros (102.4 million dollars) that the AECID allocated to projects in Venezuela and the region, “30% were invested in Colombia to promote comprehensive care that guarantees the rights of migrants, returnees, and promote the processes of social and economic integration”, stated the ambassador of Spain in Colombia, Joaquin De Aristegui.
For her part, the mayoress of Bogotá, claudia lopezclaimed his city as the capital of migrations in the region by hosting one of the largest “deliveries” that have taken place since 2021.
According to the latest figures from Colombia Migration, they are almost 2.5 million Venezuelans living in Colombiaof which 96% have already regularized their situation or are in the process of doing so, while the number of irregular Venezuelan migrants is only 300,000.
Regarding the Temporary Protection Statute, so far 333,806 people have already been regularized and more than 1.2 million are in the process of doing so, while just over 600,000 have authorization to enter the statute.
(With information from EFE)