Legal residency figures note big rise in immigration
They were once a rare sight, but the number of Colombians living in Argentina has soared in recent years in line with a change in the immigration law that made it easier to obtain legal permission to stay in the country.
The number of residence permits issued to Colombians grew almost 600 percent from 2007 to 2013. Although a mere 662 residence permits were issued to Colombians in 2007, that number soared to 4,614 in 2013, according to government data. The number of Colombians who have received residence permits to legally reside in Argentina has steadily increased every year since 2006, when only 308 permits were issued. From 2004 to 2013, a total of 15,343 residence permits were issued to Colombian citizens. Despite the increases the number of Colombians who received residency permits in Argentina continue to be a fraction of the largest immigrant groups. A total of 62,972 residency permits were issued to Paraguayans in 2013, while Bolivians received 34,083 permits, according to official government data.