Colombia’s New Crossroads: How Venezuela's Crisis Impacts Local Governance

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The four-year crisis in Venezuela has driven 4.6 million to Colombia and elsewhere, and shows no sign of slowing. With 90 percent of Venezuelans in poverty, many of these migrants are undernourished and have medical needs. As the humanitarian crisis mounts, particularly in border areas, many have also settled in cities such as Bogotá, Barranquilla, Fonseca (Guajira) and Villa del Rosario, with few prospects for finding employment.

Meanwhile, this crisis comes at a difficult time for Colombians, as they implement a peace accord with former FARC guerrillas, struggle with a rebounding ELN rebel presence and combat drug trafficking, all while trying to secure and strengthen the institutional presence in their vast underdeveloped countryside.


How are Colombian institutions on the local and national level mobilizing to meet these challenges and what impacts does this crisis have on governance and democracy?


To shed light on the impact of this crisis, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has partnered with the Colombian Embassy to learn from those whose job it is to address it. Please join us for two panels featuring insights from the Presidency, Congress, departments and the municipalities on the front lines of the crisis.

This event will be conducted largely in Spanish. English translation will be provided for those attending in person. Livestream will be available on Twitter.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Introductory Remarks:

• Ambassador Francisco Santos, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

Migration Challenges at the National Level

• Felipe Muñoz, Presidential Advisor for the Colombia-Venezuela Border

• Representative Adriana Matiz (Coordinator of the House Committee for Follow-up on the Venezuela Migration Crisis)

Migration Challenges at the Local Level - Impact of migration on local governance and communities

• Misael Arturo Velasquez, Mayor of Fonseca (La Guajira)

• Pepe Ruiz Paredes, Mayor of Villa del Rosario (Norte de Santander)

• Miriam Margot Martinez, First Lady of Ipiales (Nariño)

• Gladys San Miguel, Secretary of Social Inclusion for the City of Bogota

Closing Remarks:

Patrick Quirk, Senior Director, Center for Global Impact, International Republican Institute

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