Colombia is preparing for an increase in the number of Venezuelans entering the country in the coming weeks due to the Christmas holiday, according to a statement from the country’s migration authority.
The head of Migracion Colombia, Christian Kruger Sarmiento, said that Bogota expects that there will be an increase of 15% in the number of entires in the last two weeks of this year than during the same period last year. The migratory increase will likely express itself in two waves, Kruger said, with Venezuelans leaving Colombia to visit family back home between December 14 and 21, and then returning to Colombia between January 4 and 7.
Kruger said that Bogota would put in place special measures to facilitate the increased flow of people through the border, and asked for patience and collaboration from those making the holiday trip. He said:
We’ve put in place a total contingency plan to handle the season and in that way avoid trauma to travellers. However, this will only be possible if we have cooperation from each [traveller].
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