Operation: Opération: Colombia



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
88% of the Colombian legal framework will be consistent with international standards relating to refugees
60% of communities prioritized by UNHCR will be profiled on their needs to achieve durable solutions using a rights-based approach 
50% of participants in leadership/management structures will be female
85 refugee and asylum-seeker households will receive cash grants
50 projects aiming to benefit local and displaced communities alike will be implemented
40 solutions-related projects will benefit both displaced and host communities 
2015 end-year results
128 communities at risk of displacement were supported by UNHCR
134 government partners benefited from technical assistance to strengthen their institutional capacity
182 refugees and asylum-seekers had access to legal assistance
107 asylum-seekers and refugees benefited from a cash-based initiative that provided legal assistance and short-term financial assistance
6 refugees were assisted with income generation support, vocational training and Spanish language courses

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 6,941,212
2014 6,044,552
2013 5,368,462


[["Refugees",226],["Asylum-seekers",115],["IDPs",6939067],["Returned refugees",1792],["Stateless",12]]
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Year-end Overview

Working environment

At the close of four years of intense negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a final peace agreement was signed on 26 September 2016 and put to a nationwide referendum on 2 October 2016.  In a surprise outcome, Colombians voted to reject the peace deal, with the no vote leading by a margin of less than 1 percent.  A revised peace agreement, mentioning UNHCR’s role in supporting the protection of IDP rights, was announced in mid-November and is expected to be put to a congressional vote before the end of 2016 to start implementation in 2017. UNHCR will closely monitor the situation as it evolves and continue to provide protection and seek solutions for Colombians who are internally displaced or refugees. 
Displacement inside the country is ongoing, mainly due to new dynamics relating to violence, although numbers have decreased in recent years.  Moreover, mixed flows are increasing due to the political and economic situation in other countries in the region.  

Key priorities

In 2017, the operation will focus on:
  • Providing technical assistance to the Government of Colombia to strengthen the national system aiming to protect and guarantee non-repetition of human rights violations linked to displacement.  This is achieved by identifying risks and implementing appropriate protective measures in response to the new dynamics of violence;
  • Enhancing the self-determination of displaced and host communities during the immediate post-peace agreement phase by using an age, gender and diversity approach and contributing to the meaningful involvement of all groups in the durable solutions process, as well as by building trust between communities and the authorities;
  • Advising the government in the design and implementation of rights-based public policies on durable solutions for internally displaced people (IDPs), taking into account their possible return, relocation and local integration. Emphasis will be placed on factors that contribute to local integration in urban settings;
  • Mobilizing resources locally to fund solutions for IDPs, which represent nearly 15 per cent of the Colombian population, to ensure that their reintegration into society helps sustain peace.