More than half a million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia

BOGOTA (AFP) – More than half a million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia to escape the crippling economic crisis in their country, Bogota’s migration authority said Friday.

It said the number of Venezuelans entering the country — 550,000 — had increased by 62 percent in the last year.

Venezuela’s crisis “has not only forced thousands of nationals to return to Colombia, but also caused Venezuelans to see our country … as a means to transit to other destinations, to settle or to purchase essential products,” said Migration Colombia director Christian Kruger.

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