We want that this visit to Colombia serves to alert the world about the seriousness of the migratory situation, said President Duque after meeting with Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of UNHCR.


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June 11, 2019

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Cartagena, 08/06/2019 
President Ivan Duque met this Saturday with the Special Envoy of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie, and said he hopes her visit to Colombia will serve to alert the world about the magnitude of the migration crisis generated in Venezuela.
The president spoke in Cartagena with the actress and director, who made a two-day visit to the country to learn about the humanitarian response to the migration crisis generated on the border with Venezuela.
"Today we are very happy about her visit, because she is in our country to see up close the migratory crisis that is being experienced as a result of the dictatorship and desolation in Venezuela. But, additionally, she sees the fraternity of our migratory policy and we are very grateful for her presence in Colombia," said the President.
He stated that the presence of the Envoy of UNHCR "allows us all to reflect on the coordination of international aid to confront these phenomena and, of course, we want her visit to Colombia to serve also to alert the world of the seriousness of this situation, but, at the same time, to seek the coordination of the solidarity of the world to assist those people who need comprehensive reflection by States today.
He highlighted that this dialogue dealt with the need to seek "the nationalization of thousands of Venezuelan children in our country, who today do not have a defined migratory situation, and that doing so is a humanitarian way to give them the opportunities and benefits they deserve to get out of this tragedy”.
President Duque, who was accompanied by the Venezuelan Border Manager of the Presidency of the Republic, Felipe Muñoz, and other officials, recalled that Angelina Jolie "has had great leadership in humanitarian causes around the world”
He indicated that despite the fiscal difficulties that the country has had, has demonstrated "a fraternal feeling to attend to the Venezuelan population that has come to our territory”
"And I also want to highlight that in this visit, the Special Envoy has seen the institutional response of the Government, which was reflected in public policy documents and has also been reflected in the instruments that, hand in hand with international migration organizations, have allowed us to show the world that we can regularize and normalize the migration situation with a sense of fraternity," said the President.
Angelina Jolie was appointed Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012.
Acnur added that the humanitarian representative traveled "to understand the scale of the challenges facing Colombia and other countries that are responding to this unprecedented crisis”.