€30m from EU to help Colombia with Venezuelan migrants

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    The European Union will give 30 million euros in aid to Colombia to help the country grapple with an influx of Venezuelan migrants fleeing economic and political strife at home.

    The announcement comes today from EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

    More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled in recent years and Colombia has borne the burnt of the exodus – it is now home to more than 1.4 million Venezuelans.

    Unlike its neighbors, Colombia has not imposed stringent immigration requirements on Venezuelans, instead encouraging migrants who entered the country informally to register with authorities so they can access social services like healthcare.

    According to Reuters, Colombia and the EU will also hold a conference in Brussels in October about the crisis, in a bid to raise more funds for migrant care.

    Colombia has repeatedly lamented a lack of funding for Venezuelans, saying other humanitarian crises in Syria, South Sudan and Myanmar have received many times more in donations from the international community.

    The United States said last week it would give an additional $120 million in humanitarian assistance to help Latin America cope with the crisis.