The Venezuelan migration in the Current Colombian Context: A Challenging Balance between Centralization and Decentralization

How the State and its public authorities respond to social issues and to individual and collective needs of society is a key concern for Administrative Law. In relation to migration, national authorities are in charge of formulating and enforcing a national public policy, while local authorities are responsible for implementing specific programs to deliver goods and public services to attend migrant´s needs.
In Colombia, we observe a defiance to accomplish a balance between this set of legal powers, and to articulate a comprehensive and coherent public policy capable of dealing with the challenges of the growing migration from Venezuela. Under these circumstances, this article explores the Colombian legal and institutional framework for migration to explain how public authorities are responding to the Venezuelan migration, and how Colombian public institutions balance their political, fiscal, and administrative powers to tackle the challenges and opportunities brought by migration.