Colombia opens camp for Venezuela migrants as exodus swells

Police stand guard at a makeshift migrant settlement near the main bus terminal in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, on the day authorities opened a new, refugee-style camp for Venezuelan migrants who relocate voluntarily. Officials were initially reluctant to open camps for homeless arrivals but now say they have no choice as the number fleeing their nation’s economic and humanitarian crisis continues to rapidly escalate. The two migrants at right are waiting to relocate to the new camp. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
A Venezuelan migrant peeks through a hole in a tent made with plastic tarp, at a makeshift migrant settlement near the main bus terminal in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, on the day authorities opened a new, refugee-style camp for Venezuelan migrants who relocate voluntarily. Officials were initially reluctant to open camps for homeless arrivals but now say they have no choice as the number fleeing their nation’s economic and humanitarian crisis continues to rapidly escalate. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

BOGOTA, Colombia — Authorities in Colombia's capital have opened a camp for Venezuelan migrants as the number fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian crisis continues to rise.

Officials transported Venezuelans who had been camped outside a bus terminal in Bogota to a new space Tuesday where they will be allowed to stay in bright yellow tents with cots.

Neighbors living near the new camp protested and tried to block Venezuelans from entering, saying they fear their arrival will spread crime and disease.

Colombia has received an estimated 1.3 million Venezuelans, more than any other nation. Officials were initially reluctant to open camps for homeless arrivals but now say they have no choice.

Venezuelans were hesitant to enter the camp, fearful that conditions inside would be worse than sleeping outside.

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