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Colombia is suspending the transfer of Venezuelan migrants to the border due to the blockade on the Venezuelan side

June 10, 2020

Migration Colombia’s director, Juan Francisco Espinosa, has announced the suspension of the transfer of Venezuelan migrants to the border so that they can return to their country due to new restrictions imposed on the Venezuelan side by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1.8 million Venezuelans have emigrated to Colombia in recent years to escape the political and humanitarian crisis in their country. With the outbreak of the health crisis, many lost their livelihoods and thousands chose to return. Migration Colombia has organized bus transfers to the border to ensure a controlled return to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

The government of Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of the Colombian border at the beginning of the national quarantine in Venezuela, although it had allowed the return of its citizens. Last Sunday, Caracas announced new restrictions that include suspension of return, except Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. During these days, only 300 people are allowed to cross the Simón Bolívar Bridge and 100 people to the José Antonio Páez Bridge.

Colombia is suspending the transfer of Venezuelan migrants to the border due to the blockade on the Venezuelan sideColombia is suspending the transfer of Venezuelan migrants to the border due to the blockade on the Venezuelan side

This situation has left many Venezuelans stranded on the Colombian border, waiting to be crossed, which leads to infection. “We had to stop the movements of these regular buses … until the Venezuelans who left the border area or arrived on foot voluntarily,” said Espinosa.