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Over 11 Million Venezuelans Have Crossed the Colombian Border since August

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 16, 2016, 12:27 pm
Around 92% of Venezuelans coming into de country do it for food, cleaning products and medicine, which are all scarce in their country (El Confidencial)
Around 92 percent of Venezuelans coming into de country do it for food, cleaning products and medicine, which are all scarce in their country (El Confidencial)

EspañolOver 11 million Venezuelans have crossed the Colombian border since August’s reopening, with Colombian officials reporting that a little more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have entered, and around the same number have crossed back.

According to officials, about 92 percent of Venezuelans entering Colombia do so to buy food, sanitary products or medicine that are scarce in their own country.

The difference between the number of entries and exits —  close to 65,000 — corresponds to the people who remain in Colombia to take advantage of the possibility of being granted an immigration card needed for longer stays.

Officials also said 95 percent of the people that move across the border do through the department of Norte de Santander, where there are three open crossings points.

The Colombian-Venezuelan border was closed almost a year ago by order of President Nicolás Maduro, but was reopened last August.

Source:  El Nacional

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

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