Colombian diaspora

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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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

Regions with significant populations

Country Population Rank Notes
 USA 908,734[1] 1 For further information see Colombian American
 Venezuela 609,196[1] 2
 Spain 289,296[1] 3 Largest community outside the Americas
 Canada 39,145[1] 4 For further information see Colombian Canadian
 Italy 20,571[1] 5
 Mexico 13,922[1] 6 For further information see Colombian immigration to Mexico
 Argentina 13,876[1] 7
 UK 12,331[1] 8 Second Largest South American community after Brazilians. See Colombian British
 Costa Rica 11,500[1] 9
 Australia 5,002[1] 10 For further information see Colombian Australian
 Brazil 4,159[1] 11
 Israel 3,127[1] 12

Except where otherwise noted, this table was created in accordance with statistics from the Colombian bureau of immigration and emigration.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Sección de Estadística. DANE 2005." (in Spanish). DANE. Retrieved 23 May 2013.