Thousands of Colombians Displaced into Ecuador

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 17 March 2008

A new report has claimed that there may be more than 600,000 displaced Colombians living in neighbouring Ecuador. The Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service, who produced the new study on March 14th, say that in an unofficial survey they found 20,000 unregistered Colombians living in one neighbourhood of the Ecuadorian capital alone.

According to the study at least 75% of Colombians in Ecuador have no papers and many are afraid to register with the authorities in case they are deported back to Colombia. The report also says that the resources devoted to assisting displaced Colombians arriving in Ecuador are insufficient for a basic standard of living.

Also on March 14th, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees announced that they were opening a new office in northern Ecuador near the border with Colombia in an effort to deal with the influx of displaced people. According to UN official Ron Redmond there are at least 60,000 Colombians in northern Ecuador requiring assistance.

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