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When we asked people about diversity in Colombia and whether locals are accepting of differences, they said...

"Overall, the people are accepting of anyone in my experience. I have only met one Colombian who has complained about expats. I don't pay much attention to this person. The economic diversity is defined by six "Strata" six being the highest. Culturally, this is South America, to be sure, great South America. This city is law abiding for the most part and handled the covid quarantine with poise. Perfect, no. There were instances like everywhere. The most complaints i hear are from expats who, perhaps, wish Medellin was more similar to states. Having said that, most expats love it here, particularly retirees who have a higher standard of living on less monthly income. Anything this city puts its mind to to accomplish they do beautifully. Communities come from all over the world to learn how Medellin achieves the standards it does," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Medellin, Colombia.

"Colombia is a culturally diverse country. With approximately 500 natural reservations and five territories with special ethnic communities, it is home to around 80 different indigenous groups, who have diverse beliefs, language and habits. As a consequence, Colombians have a deep appreciation and sense of pride in their unique heritage. Colombians are generally very open to, and accepting of, differences in ethnicity, sex, and religion. The Constitution also mandates recognition, acceptance, and equality among all people regardless of their race and gender. People of diverse backgrounds not only inhabit the cities, but also the more rural areas where Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities live," commented one expat who made the move to Colombia.

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