Colombian diaspora refers to the mass movement of Colombian people who have emigrated from the country in search of safety and/or a better quality of life. Many of those who moved were educated middle and upper middle-class Colombians; because of this, the Colombian diaspora can be referred to as a brain drain. However, significant numbers of poor Colombians have also been documented. Colombian officials state that this movement peaked in the year 2000 and that the most popular destinations for emigration include North America and Europe. In Europe, Spain has the largest Colombian community on the continent, followed by Italy and the United Kingdom. Many Colombians are also dispersed throughout the rest of Latin America. Mexico, Argentina and Chile received political refugees in the mid-to-late 20th century, and Colombian guest workers in the early 2000s.
The Colombian diaspora can also refer to the new wave of Colombian artists who have migrated seeking better opportunities and new, more lucrative markets.
Top Colombian diaspora populations
Regions with significant populations
|Spain||289,296||3||Largest community outside the Americas|
|UK||12,331||8||Second Largest South American community after Brazilians. see Colombian British|
Except where otherwise noted, this table was created in accordance with statistics from the Colombian bureau of immigration and emigration.
- Republic of Colombia
- Colombian American
- Colombian British
- Movies depicting Colombia
- Colombian Armed Conflict
- Immigration to Colombia
- Fernando Botero
- Gabriel García Márquez
- Alejandro R. Jadad Bechara
- Nina Garcia
- Tito the Builder
- Sofia Vergara
- Alirio Díaz Guerra, Colombian American writer, author of Lucas Guevara
- "Sección de Estadística. DANE 2005." (in spanish). DANE. Retrieved 23 May 2013.