Colombia situation

Carmen Sánchez, a Colombian refugee in Ecuador, stands on the corn field that she has planted outside of her home in Esmeraldas.
Carmen Sánchez, a Colombian refugee in Ecuador, stands on the corn field that she has planted outside of her home in Esmeraldas. © UNHCR/Jaime Giménez  

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Global Appeal 2022

Colombia situation

2022 Population planning figures

  • IDPs: 8.5 million
  • Refugees and asylum-seekers in Latin American countries: 111,600

2022 Situation overview

Forced displacement and confinement persists in certain areas controlled or disputed by irregular armed groups, in line with pre-COVID-19 trends. In 2022, the challenging situation in these areas will continue to impact indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities who are already at heightened risk.

Protection needs remain pressing in areas affected by insecurity. UNHCR’s presence in field locations will remain crucial in 2022 to bolster coordinated efforts with local and national authorities in the monitoring and quick response to displacement and confinement. Empowering communities to identify risks, implementing protective measures and arranging actions with competent authorities will help IDPs and host communities in the search for long-term solutions for the displaced population. UNHCR will work with government institutions to advocate for measures addressing the structural risk factors that continue to cause internal displacement. Support to the implementation of the Victims Law will be maintained.

See more information on Colombia situation page.
2022 Budget

Countries affected