Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ecuador, the main destination for Colombian refugees-

A total of 99% of the 55,327 individuals with refugee status in Ecuador are Colombian.

By Lissette Condo for Infosurhoy.com - 01/08/2013


    Access to decent housing is one of the biggest problems faced by refugees, who comprise 10% of the population in Lago Agrio, a municipality in the northeastern Ecuadoran province of Sucumbíos, 569 kilometers from the border with Colombia. (Courtesy V. Rodas/ACNUR-UNHCR)
Access to decent housing is one of the biggest problems faced by refugees, who comprise 10% of the population in Lago Agrio, a municipality in the northeastern Ecuadoran province of Sucumbíos, 569 kilometers from the border with Colombia. (Courtesy V. Rodas/ACNUR-UNHCR)
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador – His accent gives him away.
After 12 years in a foreign country, his Colombian identity remains firmly intact.
“It’s been nearly 13 years under the shadow of silence,” said Ramón, 52, who declined to provide his last name for safety reasons.
To live in freedom, he had to leave his native land and immigrate to Ecuador.....
... Of that total, at least 99% are Colombians, with the rest from the Middle East.....
Read more: http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/features/saii/features/main/2013/08/01/feature-01

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