“Almost 40% of the 3.5 million Colombians living abroad are illegal immigrants, according to figures from the Colombian government, reports RCN Radio. Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon revealed the information at a forum on migration at the Hotel Tequendama in Bogota. The official said that the government would try to improve the situation for citizens living abroad through agreements with their destination countries.
Garzon’s figures clash with those of a study released by Ibernet Media & Consultants in January, which found that as of December 2009, 5.5 million Colombians were living abroad. Of these, 2 million had migrated since 2002. Between 1.5 and 2 million live in the U.S., according to the study. Colombian Central Bank figures released in January showed a “brain drain” from the country, with 37% of Colombian immigrants in the U.S. having a university degree. Of the country’s residents, no more than 14% have a degree.” – Source