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Points of Clarity | What Is the Importance of Offering Temporary Protected Status During Conflict?

March 11, 20241:03

Former President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez explains how Temporary Protection Status (TPS) boosts migrants' visibility and fosters economic and social development—as shown by Colombia's own evidence-based approach to migration policy.

Video Transcript

  • This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

    So why is the TPS as important for the temporary protection status? Because it allows migrants in a territory to exercise full rights, maybe with the exception of political rights.

    They become visible. They can open a bank account. They can enter the social security system. They can also participate in the labor market. And what has been proven in Colombia since we adopted the TPS for ten years is that multidimensional poverty has come down. Informality rates have come down. And at the same time, we have seen dynamic force of new entrepreneurs in the country. That has been proven by evidence. So a fraternal migration policy that is not based on ideology, but based on evidence management and a humanitarian sense of friendship and understanding of the realities of others, can really bring economic and social change. And I think that's a great lesson from Colombia.


Ivan Duque Marquez, Former President of the Republic of Colombia

Iván Duque Márquez

Distinguished Fellow;
Former President of the Republic of Colombia
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