Colombian President Gustavo Petro estimates that the number of migrants crossing the dangerous Darién, and advancing towards the United States, reach a million next year.
“The exodus already reaches figures of more than 3,000 people per day, which leads us to more than 1 million people (by) next year,” said the Colombian president in statements to the press in the context of the meetings held in New York on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly.
Petro acknowledged that Tragedies and disasters occur in that passage between Colombia and Panama, such as the violation of the human rights of displaced people, documented sexual abuse against women and the death of children and weak people who cannot endure the difficult journey.
He warned that the more the migratory flow increases, the greater the occurrence of these cases.
“Putting a stop to this exodus is what puts us in discussion. How is it done? There is a position, which is repress, close borders, plug the plug, which is quite difficult. The people organizing the exodus use sea routes. I believe that this position is not effective,” she expressed.
The president highlighted that Colombia’s approach is to determine where the population comes from and, in that context, he noted that 80% of foreigners are originally from Venezuela. They are followed by people with nationalities from Colombia, Ecuador, Haitians and other countries such as Afghanistan.
Petro insisted that Venezuela must be “unblocked” and funds released progressively through the Andean Development Corporation that reach 5,000 million dollars “to begin to achieve the well-being of the population in Venezuela, which is what would allow the flow in the Darién to be substantially reduced.”
He noted that on Tuesday, September 19, there will be a meeting between Colombia and Panama to discuss specific issues among the actions that both countries must take to stop the number of migrants crossing the Darién.
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