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|2020 planning figures|
|>221,000||people of concern will be assisted with civil status registration and documentation|
|>87,000||people of concern will receive shelter support|
|27,000||Venezuelans and members of the host community will benefit from peaceful coexistence projects|
|5,000||IDPs and 35,000 arrivals from Venezuela (including returnees) will receive legal assistance|
|15||projects supporting livelihood capacities of IDPs will be defined and implemented|
|2017 year-end results|
|126,080||vulnerable people received civil registration or identity documents|
|19,860||people of concern received legal assistance|
|220||households received multipurpose or sectoral cash assistance|
|160||local and national level State institutions were provided with capacity-building to protect and facilitate durable solutions for IDPs|
People of Concern
Working environmentUNHCR’s operation in Colombia works to ensure protection and assistance to over 1.4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, 7.9 million IDPs, and an estimated 500,000 Colombian returnees from Venezuela. The objectives of Colombia’s historic peace agreement continue to be pursued in the face of numerous challenges, and some regions of the country are confronted with ongoing violence and displacement. This operational context, combined with the first large-scale influx of refugees and migrants in Colombia’s history, has created significant challenges for the country and protection risks persist for UNHCR’s people of concern.
The Office will continue to work closely with the Government and key international actors to enhance protection responses for the various populations of concern. The operation’s mixed protection strategy will also include a focus on building the capacity of state institutions and communities, promoting documentation, socio-economic inclusion and a strong age gender and diversity approach, as well as advocacy and technical assistance for the strengthening of the Colombian asylum system.
UNHCR will continue to co-lead the Protection Cluster and the inter-agency mixed migration group (GIFMM), which includes 55 UN, NGO and Red Cross member organizations. GIFMM will continue to coordinate closely with the Government, the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator’s office, and the humanitarian coordination architecture. UNHCR will further support the new UNSDCF being developed for 2020 and beyond which will include the response to mixed movements from Venezuela as one of its main pillars.
The Office also works closely with the private sector, especially concerning issues such as prevention of xenophobia (Caracol Television; El Tiempo newspaper), labour insertion (Sierra Nevada fast food chain; Sunshine Bouquet flower industry; WeWork), socio-economic integration for Venezuelans and Colombian returnees (AlphaMundi Foundation, and possibly Chanel Foundation and Genesis Charitable Trust in 2020), as well as durable solutions for IDPs.
Key prioritiesIn 2019, under the Venezuela Situation response, UNHCR will continue to:
- Lead, with IOM, the interagency coordination arrangements for analysis, response and coordination with the authorities.
- Support the Government in ensuring Venezuelans’ access to information, shelter, registration and regularization of their status, and opportunities for socio-economic integration.
- Rehabilitate, construct and equip public infrastructure to increase local absorption capacities in key sectors such as health and education in some of the most affected host communities.
- Support the Government in implementing eased nationality requirements to prevent statelessness of children born to Venezuelan parents in Colombia.
- Strengthen the capacity of the Ombudsman’s Office for child protection as well as SGBV prevention and response.
- Advocate for the establishment of a comprehensive human mobility law, including reinforcement of the asylum system.
Under the IDP response, UNHCR will continue to:
- Focus on local integration in urban areas as many IDPs live in informal settlements controlled by illegal armed structures, with limited or no access to basic public services, creating many protection risks.
- Monitor protection risks and new displacements in prioritized regions and support State institutions in effectively implementing their protection and prevention functions, with a strong age, gender and diversity focus.
- Promote community participation and mobilization in prioritized communities affected by internal displacement, including to pursue opportunities for achieving durable solutions.
- Support the transition justice mechanisms created under the Peace Agreement to ensure the visibility of forced displacement and the inclusion of IDPs in peacebuilding strategies.