Arab Times

Venezuelan migrants face removal:


When Colombian police caught Victor Colmenares selling coffee without a work permit on the dusty streets of Cucuta, they ordered him to get inside a truck filled with Venezuelan migrants being quietly removed from the country.

The 20-year-old constructi­on worker trembled as the unmarked truck approached Colombia’s border, thinking about his pregnant wife still in Cucuta and the dangers he might face back in the country he’d fled.

“I was incredibly afraid to go back to Venezuela,” Colmenares said. “People are robbed there. People are killed. I cannot go back.”

As the exodus of Venezuelan­s fleeing their country’s economic and humanitari­an crisis grows, neighborin­g Colombia is responding by tightening checks aimed at curbing the number

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