Colombian President Urges Protected Status For Venezuelan Migrants : Consider This from NPR Colombian President Iván Duque won praise from the United Nations, Pope Francis and the Biden administration with his recent announcement that Colombia would welcome Venezuelan refugees with open arms — providing protected status, work permits and legal residency for up to 10 years.

President Duque tells NPR why he's hopeful the move will spur the U.S. toward more aggressive support of Venezuelan migrants, some of whom are currently protected by a deferred deportation order signed by President Trump on his final day in office.

Reporter John Otis explains what Colombia's new policy means to Venezuelans already living there.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.
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Colombia Welcomes Venezuelan Refugees With Open Arms: Will The U.S. Do The Same?

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Colombia Welcomes Venezuelan Refugees With Open Arms: Will The U.S. Do The Same?

Colombia Welcomes Venezuelan Refugees With Open Arms: Will The U.S. Do The Same?

Colombia Welcomes Venezuelan Refugees With Open Arms: Will The U.S. Do The Same?

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Colombian President Iván Duque unveiled a program last month that will allow undocumented Venezuelan migrants to legally live and work in Colombia for up to 10 years. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Colombian President Iván Duque unveiled a program last month that will allow undocumented Venezuelan migrants to legally live and work in Colombia for up to 10 years.

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Colombian President Iván Duque won praise from the United Nations, Pope Francis and the Biden administration with his recent announcement that Colombia would welcome Venezuelan refugees with open arms — providing protected status, work permits and legal residency for up to 10 years.

President Duque tells NPR why he's hopeful the move will spur the U.S. toward more aggressive support of Venezuelan migrants, some of whom are currently protected by a deferred deportation order signed by President Trump on his final day in office.

Reporter John Otis explains what Colombia's new policy means to Venezuelans already living there.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Lee Hale, Alejandra Marquez Janse and Brianna Scott. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Yara Bayoumy and Wynne Davis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.