04 de septiembre de 2017 04:50 AM
Actualizado el 05 de septiembre de 2017 04:31 AM
The proportion of Venezuelan immigrants in Colombia doubled in the last couple of years: eight in every 10 incoming Venezuelans have completed higher education and one in every five is younger than 11 years old.
A survey conducted by Rosario University, based on household polls from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), found almost 350,000 Venezuelans in Colombia that have arrived since 2011.
The analysis shows an increasing rate of people coming from Venezuela, which is a matter of concern both for the labor market and education and health care services, local daily newspaper El Tiempo reported.
Colombia is among the top probable destinations for Venezuelans based on geographical proximity, a common borderline and family and friendship links. Additionally, political and social standoff in Venezuela has exacerbated this migration movement.
According to the report, Venezuelan immigrants in 2011-2016 amount to 348,312 people, but almost a half of them, that is, 47.11%, or 164,086 Venezuelans, arrived in the last couple of years. The other half, 52.89 %, or 184,226 people, had migrated more than two years ago.