May 18, 2021

Colombia extends term to Venezuelans to take special leave permanence

Colombia extends term to Venezuelans to take special leave permanence

Migration Colombia extended until December 21 the deadline for Venezuelans, registered in the Registry of Venezuelan Migrants (RAMV), to issue the Special Permit for Permanence (PEP), official sources reported today.

"The decision to extend the time for the issuance of the Special Permit of Permanence (PEP) is part of the strategy that the Government has been implementing for the attention of Venezuelan migration and that is embodied in the National Council of Economic and Social Policy ( Conpes) 2018, "said the director general of Migration Colombia, Christian Krüger, quoted in a statement.

The measure will benefit the nearly 170,000 Venezuelans who are in the country, but could not issue their permit until last Sunday, explained Migration.

The director of Migration recalled that there is a "high number" of Venezuelans who have not yet registered and if they do not, they will remain in an "irregular" condition and could be sanctioned or deported.

According to United Nations data, more than 3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015 in search of refuge in neighboring countries because of the socioeconomic crisis that the country is going through.

These displacements have had as their main destination Colombia, which currently hosts close to one million Venezuelan citizens, but also Peru (506,000 displaced persons), Ecuador (221,000) and Brazil (85,000).


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