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Colombia evicts homeless Venezuelans

Colombia on Wednesday evicted over 200 homeless Venezuelans who had been sleeping in a sports field in its border town of Cucuta, highlighting growing unease over an influx of migrants from the crisis-hit neighboring country.

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Colombia on Wednesday evicted over 200 homeless Venezuelans who had been sleeping in a sports field in its border town of Cucuta, highlighting growing unease over an influx of migrants from the crisis-hit neighboring country. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia...more

Colombia on Wednesday evicted over 200 homeless Venezuelans who had been sleeping in a sports field in its border town of Cucuta, highlighting growing unease over an influx of migrants from the crisis-hit neighboring country. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The Venezuelans were removed at the crack of dawn from the field in a middle-class neighborhood, where they had been sleeping in makeshift tents or on cardboard boxes. A few insulted Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro as they boarded Colombian migration agency trucks, a Reuters reporter witnessed.

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People cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The Venezuelans were removed at the crack of dawn from the field in a middle-class neighborhood, where they had been sleeping in makeshift tents or on cardboard boxes. A few...more

People cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The Venezuelans were removed at the crack of dawn from the field in a middle-class neighborhood, where they had been sleeping in makeshift tents or on cardboard boxes. A few insulted Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro as they boarded Colombian migration agency trucks, a Reuters reporter witnessed. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Carolina Centeno (R) sits next to her family and their belongings, as they sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Most were deported to Venezuela because they did not have valid passports, although some vowed to cross back over when they got the chance. The roughly 50 Venezuelans who did have passports would be moved on, driven by authorities some 1,480 km (920 miles) to the Ecuadorean border, Colombian authorities said.

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Carolina Centeno (R) sits next to her family and their belongings, as they sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Most were deported to Venezuela because they did not have valid passports, although some vowed to cross back over when they got...more

Carolina Centeno (R) sits next to her family and their belongings, as they sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Most were deported to Venezuela because they did not have valid passports, although some vowed to cross back over when they got the chance. The roughly 50 Venezuelans who did have passports would be moved on, driven by authorities some 1,480 km (920 miles) to the Ecuadorean border, Colombian authorities said. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Colombia, already home to the most Venezuelan migrants in South America, is particularly vulnerable to Venezuela's swelling crisis.

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People prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Colombia, already home to the most Venezuelan migrants in South America, is particularly vulnerable to Venezuela's swelling crisis. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Colombia, already home to the most Venezuelan migrants in South America, is particularly vulnerable to Venezuela's swelling crisis. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A man sleeps next to backpacks with the colors of the Venezuelan national flag, in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. An earlier wave of those seeking to escape Venezuela's collapsing economy, sky-high inflation and food shortages saw engineers snapping up jobs in Colombia's then-burgeoning oil industry or working in multinational companies in capital Bogota.

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A man sleeps next to backpacks with the colors of the Venezuelan national flag, in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. An earlier wave of those seeking to escape Venezuela's collapsing economy, sky-high inflation and food shortages saw engineers...more

A man sleeps next to backpacks with the colors of the Venezuelan national flag, in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. An earlier wave of those seeking to escape Venezuela's collapsing economy, sky-high inflation and food shortages saw engineers snapping up jobs in Colombia's then-burgeoning oil industry or working in multinational companies in capital Bogota. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Men sit next to the fire as they cook arepas in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Now, however, a growing number of poor Venezuelans are cramming onto buses to make their way to Colombian border towns, from where they try to make money to continue their journey to wealthier countries in South America.

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Men sit next to the fire as they cook arepas in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Now, however, a growing number of poor Venezuelans are cramming onto buses to make their way to Colombian border towns, from where they try to make money to continue...more

Men sit next to the fire as they cook arepas in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. Now, however, a growing number of poor Venezuelans are cramming onto buses to make their way to Colombian border towns, from where they try to make money to continue their journey to wealthier countries in South America. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Men cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The evictions in Cucuta came in the wake of a small anti-Venezuelan protest in the town on Sunday. Locals said their children could no longer play in parks or sports fields, and expressed fears that the migrants would turn to crime to make a living. "We're not discriminating against anyone, but they're creating problems in residential areas," said Oscar Gerardino, an official of Colombia's Norte de Santander provincial government.

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Men cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The evictions in Cucuta came in the wake of a small anti-Venezuelan protest in the town on Sunday. Locals said their children could no longer play in parks or sports fields, and...more

Men cook arepas using firewood in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The evictions in Cucuta came in the wake of a small anti-Venezuelan protest in the town on Sunday. Locals said their children could no longer play in parks or sports fields, and expressed fears that the migrants would turn to crime to make a living. "We're not discriminating against anyone, but they're creating problems in residential areas," said Oscar Gerardino, an official of Colombia's Norte de Santander provincial government. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia jumped 62 percent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000, Colombia's migration authority said earlier this month.

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People sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia jumped 62 percent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000, Colombia's migration authority said earlier this month. REUTERS/Carlos...more

People sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia jumped 62 percent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000, Colombia's migration authority said earlier this month. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People chat as others prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The United Nations is willing to send more aid to Colombia to help the country cope with the arriving migrants, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on a visit to the Andean country last week.

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People chat as others prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The United Nations is willing to send more aid to Colombia to help the country cope with the arriving migrants, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on a visit to the...more

People chat as others prepare to sleep in a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. The United Nations is willing to send more aid to Colombia to help the country cope with the arriving migrants, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on a visit to the Andean country last week. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People prepare to sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. "We left with the dream of working and escaping Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship in Venezuela, but unfortunately they're sending us back," said Jesus Millan, 45, minutes after being expelled back into Venezuela. He had been working in a car wash in Colombia.

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People prepare to sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. "We left with the dream of working and escaping Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship in Venezuela, but unfortunately they're sending us back," said Jesus Millan, 45, minutes after...more

People prepare to sleep on the floor of a sport center in Cucuta, Colombia. "We left with the dream of working and escaping Nicolas Maduro's dictatorship in Venezuela, but unfortunately they're sending us back," said Jesus Millan, 45, minutes after being expelled back into Venezuela. He had been working in a car wash in Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Jhonfre Garcia smokes a cigarette as other Venezuelan migrants start waking up, during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Jhonfre Garcia smokes a cigarette as other Venezuelan migrants start waking up, during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Jhonfre Garcia smokes a cigarette as other Venezuelan migrants start waking up, during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People collect their belongings next to police officers during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People collect their belongings next to police officers during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People collect their belongings next to police officers during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A police officer talks to a man during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A police officer talks to a man during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A police officer talks to a man during an operation to evict a community of homeless Venezuelan migrants from a sport center, in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A Venezuelan migrant puts on his shoes next to police officers during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A Venezuelan migrant puts on his shoes next to police officers during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A Venezuelan migrant puts on his shoes next to police officers during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Jhon Teran (C) looks at the passports of his relatives while he sits next to other Venezuelan migrants during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Jhon Teran (C) looks at the passports of his relatives while he sits next to other Venezuelan migrants during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Jhon Teran (C) looks at the passports of his relatives while he sits next to other Venezuelan migrants during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelans ride on a truck escorted by police officers in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelans ride on a truck escorted by police officers in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelans ride on a truck escorted by police officers in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A migration officer takes pictures of Venezuelan migrants as they get off trucks before they cross to Venezuela, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A migration officer takes pictures of Venezuelan migrants as they get off trucks before they cross to Venezuela, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A migration officer takes pictures of Venezuelan migrants as they get off trucks before they cross to Venezuela, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelan migrants get on a truck during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan migrants get on a truck during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan migrants get on a truck during an operation by the Colombian police to evict them from a sport center. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelan migrants wait on a truck during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan migrants wait on a truck during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan migrants wait on a truck during the eviction. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelans ride on the trucks escorted by police officers after eviction in Cucuta. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelans ride on the trucks escorted by police officers after eviction in Cucuta. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelans ride on the trucks escorted by police officers after eviction in Cucuta. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A migration officer and a Colombian policeman stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A migration officer and a Colombian policeman stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A migration officer and a Colombian policeman stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Colombian police officers stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Colombia from Venezuela through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Colombian police officers stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Colombia from Venezuela through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Colombian police officers stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Colombia from Venezuela through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Men carry a woman who fainted while queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Men carry a woman who fainted while queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Men carry a woman who fainted while queueing to try to cross into Venezuela from Colombia through Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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