Bogotá, Colombia—President Iván Duque’s conservative federal government stated Monday that it will provide virtually a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants with short term shielded position, giving them the appropriate to stay and operate in this country for 10 a long time.

Mr. Duque manufactured the announcement just after conference with the head of the United Nations refugee company, which has pressed Latin American nations to legalize and provide solutions for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan who have fled an economic crisis that has worsened beneath President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian rule.

“We hope that other nations comply with our illustration,” Mr. Duque explained at a information conference in which he cited Pope Francis’s phone calls for countries to assistance and not transform again migrants fleeing wars and deprivation.

Mr. Duque, a top opponent of the Maduro regime, referred to as the measure an act of solidarity with struggling Venezuelans. “We have to choose actions—not actions based mostly on fear or rejection, but with fraternity,” the president reported.

Colombia has taken in a lot more than 1.7 million Venezuelans, hundreds of 1000’s of whom are below lawfully. They make up approximately just one-3rd of the far more than 5 million Venezuelan refugees dispersed about the area, according to the U.N.’s Global Corporation for Migration.