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Support to Venezuelan Migration


Movement of migrants and refugees to Colombia has put a severe strain on the country’s economy, making it one of the hardest hit in Latin America. The financial costs of the crisis are currently estimated to reach up to 0.4 percent of Colombia’s overall GDP. To face this, The World Bank has supported Colombia with knowledge, financial and technical assistance.




Social and Economic Integration of Migrants Development Policy Financing

Approval date: November 11, 2021



COVID-19 Response for Migrants from Venezuela and Host communities

Approval date: May 14, 2021



Second Fiscal Sustainability, Competitiveness, and Migration DPF

Approval date: May 21, 2020


Migrants from Venezuela looking for assistance in bus terminal in Bogotá, Colombia - Bernardo Restrepo | World Bank

Improving Quality of Health Care Services and Efficiency in Colombia

Approval date: March 19, 2020




ReportMigration from Venezuela to Colombia: Impact and Response Strategy in the Short and Medium Term (Spanish)

November 2018

The report determines the impacts of the Venezuelan migration in Colombia, particularly in the main receiving municipalities.


Press releases


World Bank to Provide Strategic Support for Social and Economic Integration of Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

November 16, 2021

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a US$500 million loan today aimed at supporting the Colombian government’s strategy for the social and economic integration of Venezuelan migrants in that country.


US$31.5 Million to Help Improve Services for Migrants from Venezuela and Host Communities in Colombia

April 12, 2019

The Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) announced today a US$31.5 million grant as budget support for Colombia’s efforts to facilitate access to jobs and basic social services for Venezuelan migrants and refugees, as well as the communities that are hosting them.


Colombia Eligible for Global Concessional Financing Facility Support for Inflows of Venezuelan Nationals and Hosting Communities

January 24, 2019

The Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF), through the World Bank as its administrative secretariat, announced today the eligibility of Colombia for concessional funding to respond to the needs of more than one million Venezuelans, who have entered the country since 2017 fleeing an ongoing crisis at home.  


Addressing Short Term Challenges is Key to Managing Migration from Venezuela

November 2, 2018

Migration from Venezuela has brought additional demand for basic services in Colombia like health and education. This is placing pressure on finances over the short-term and affecting the most vulnerable, including indigenous people and children, both among migrants and local communities. However, if well managed, it can generate medium and long-term economic growth in Colombia, according to a World Bank report launched today.





How Venezuelan migration is changing urban sprawl in Cúcuta, Colombia


Colombia has become the main recipient of this exodus; Venezuelan migrants and refugees settle in Colombian towns and cities with the hope of having a better future. The receiving areas have become “cities of hope” for them, with economic opportunities and social ties being some of the main factors of attraction when choosing their destination. 




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