1. President of Colombia Ivan Duque and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi arriving at news conference
2. Various of Duque and Grandi at podiums
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
"The announcement by Colombia to grant temporary protection for Venezuelans in their territory for a 10 year period is an emblematic humanitarian gesture for the region, as you (President Duque) said, even for the whole world. This initiative is an extraordinary sign of humanity, commitment to Human Rights and pragmatism."
4. Duque speaking at news conference
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ivan Duque, President of Colombia:
"A clear and precise record of their names, ages, surnames, their address, their socioeconomic situation, and of course a biometric record. They will have a certification of their temporary protection status and they will also have the possibility to stay in our country with a more transparent relationship with the state than the one they now have."
6. Various of Duque and Grandi leaving news conference
Colombia said on Monday it will register hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees currently in the country without papers, in a bid to provide them with legal residence permits and facilitate their access to health care and legal employment opportunities.
President Ivan Duque told a room full of ambassadors and diplomats in Bogota that through a new temporary protection statute, Venezuelan migrants who are in the country illegally will be eligible for 10-year residence permits, while migrants who are currently on temporary residence will be able to extend their stay.
The new measure could benefit up to one million Venezuelan citizens who are currently living in Colombia without proper papers, as well as hundreds of thousands who need to extend temporary visas.
President Duque announced the protection measure in a stately government palace in the capital while standing with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Grandi said the new policy would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of impoverished people and called it an "extraordinary gesture" of humanity, pragmatism and commitment to human rights.
Colombia's government estimates that 1.8 million Venezuelans are currently living in the country, and that 55% of them don't have proper residence papers.
Most have arrived since 2015 to escape hyperinflation, food shortages and an increasingly authoritarian government.
According to the United Nations, there are 4.7 million Venezuelan migrants and other refugees in other Latin American countries after fleeing the economic collapse and political divide in their homeland.
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