Supporting critical services to improve livelihoods of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Region: Americas
Country: Colombia
Year: 2019
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 101-500
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building, Communications

It is estimated that 1.7 million out of the more than 5.5 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela are currently residing in Colombia. In response to the migration of Venezuelans into Colombia and neighbouring countries, UNHCR established an Integrated Assistance Centre in Maicao, Colombia. 

The Integrated Assistance Centre opened in Maicao in March 2019 to provide short term shelter for hundreds of people, in addition to food, health services, legal advice, counselling and family reunification. The centre has the capacity for 1,400 people, where refugees and migrants can live in a Better Shelter Relief Housing Unit (RHU) for one month. Prioritisation is given to the most vulnerable refugees, migrants, Colombian returnees and the indigenous Wayuú population.

Read more about UNHCR’s efforts in Colombia here.