LAIF launches a new program to support Venezuelan migrants' urban integration in Colombia

Colombia
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April 22, 2020
© International Organization for Migration. Credit: Muse Mohammed

© International Organization for Migration. Credit: Muse Mohammed

Together with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Korean Poverty Reduction Fund (KPRF), EU LAIF finances a program to support Venezuelan migrants' urban integration in Colombia.

The program will be executed by the Empresa Nacional Promotora del Desarrollo Territorial (Territorial Development Promotion Company, ENTerritorio) and will focus initially on the improvement of the infrastructure and institutional capability of the metropolitan areas of Cúcuta and Villa del Rosario; Riohacha and Maicao; Barranquilla; Medellín and Rionegro.

Concretely, the operation will finance the consolidation of single-window systems for qualifying cities to promote migrants’ integration and regularization processes and to facilitate their access to urban services. Also, these systems will allow obtaining urban social integration progress indicators and quantifying the effects of migration on the economic development of the selected cities.

In addition, the program will promote economic integration in these communities through the creation or enhancement of workshop schools and increased access to affordable home renting. At least five workshop schools will be contructed or renovated and salary-based grants will be provide to some 1,500 local and migrant beneficiaries of between 16 and 39 years of age, helping to offer theoretical-practical training to apprentices in trades with good income-generation prospects. Lastly, a new Rent Guarantee Fund will help low-income families meet the conditions required to rent decent housing.

This component will help about 13,500 migrants access housing by subsidizing their rental payments over a six-month period. The program complements other efforts being undertaken by the government of Colombia that target exclusively local populations.

Read more about this program: https://www.eulaif.eu/en/projects/fiscal-and-public-investment-expenditure-strengthening-program-municipalities-strategies