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 the United States
, Costa Rica
. In Europe, Spain
has the largest Colombian community on the continent, followed by the United Kingdom
, while tens of thousands of Colombian immigrants live in Germany
and The Netherlands
, Migration Information Source. Many Colombians are also dispersed throughout the rest of Latin America. Mexico
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.
In recent years, the emigration of Colombians has decreased due to improvements in both quality of life and the Colombian economy.
Top Colombian diaspora populations
Except where otherwise noted, this table was created in accordance with statistics from the......