E.g., 09/16/2014
E.g., 09/16/2014

Country Resource - Colombia

Colombia

CO
  • Population......................................................................46,245,297 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................1.07% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................16.73 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate...................................................5.36 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................-0.65 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.......mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%

CIA World Factbook

Colombia's ongoing armed conflict has caused millions to leave the country, both as economic migrants and as refugees; millions more have been internally displaced. While the government struggles with these issues, it is also courting Colombians abroad. Myriam Bérubé reports.

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Colombia's ongoing armed conflict has caused millions to leave the country, both as economic migrants and as refugees; millions more have been internally displaced. While the government struggles with these issues, it is also courting Colombians abroad. Myriam Bérubé reports.

Over half a million Colombians abandon their homes every year as a result of the country's long-running internal strife, creating a flood of internally displaced persons. Hiram Ruiz of the U.S. Committee on Refugees analyzes the roots of the crisis and the difficulties ahead.

Uprooted from their homes, but still living on their native soil, the world's 20-25 million "internally displaced persons" present a dual challenge to concepts of national sovereignty and humanitarian action. Monette Zard, Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, provides the basic facts about what now amounts to a global crisis.