February 26, 2021

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees will visit the Colombian-Venezuelan border

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees will visit the Colombian-Venezuelan border



The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Italian Filippo Grandi, will visit the Colombian city of Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, to see "first-hand" the situation of people who arrive in the country fleeing the crisis of that nation.

This was announced today by the Colombian Foreign Ministry in a statement, which detailed that the visit will begin tomorrow and that on Sunday Grandi will go to the Simón Bolívar international bridge, the main border crossing point between both countries.

Then, the "La Margarita Primary Care Center" will be inaugurated, located in the town of Villa del Rosario, where some 9,300 people will be attended each month.

"The center will pay attention to medical, psychosocial and sexual and reproductive health, which is part of a government strategy with international cooperation to decongest the department's public health network," the report added.

During his visit to Cúcuta, capital of the department of Norte de Santander, he will be accompanied by the directors of Development and Border Integration, Víctor Bautista, and Migración Colombia, Christian Krüger, as well as by Frontera's manager, Felipe Muñoz.

In the border city, Grandi will participate in a unified command post in which the national, departmental and municipal authorities will present the actions they carry out to assist Venezuelan emigrants.

On Monday, Grandi will travel to Bogotá, where he will meet with Colombian President Iván Duque; the Chancellor, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, and the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Adriana Mejía.

There, the high commissioner will talk with the officials about "the Government's priority in the response to the migration phenomenon and will present the advances in the consolidation of measures at the regional level for the treatment of the crisis".

According to UN estimates, close to 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the political, social and economic crisis and, of them, almost one million have settled in Colombia.

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