Operation: Opération: Ecuador



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
20,000 recognized refugees will be enrolled in the Civil Registry database
1,000 vulnerable people of concern are submitted for resettlement to third countries
65% of people of concern have legal status as refugees or alternative migratory options
50% of households of concern have an income above the poverty line, which is USD81 per capita per month
25% of people of concern use banking services, such as loans, bank transfers, and savings accounts
2015 end-year results
200 extremely vulnerable families in Santo Domingo and Quito, including some 60 Ecuadorian families, benefited from UNHCR’s ‘Graduation Model,’ a pilot approach to strengthening livelihood opportunities
1,162 people of concern received vocational training and 286 small business associations were formed
922 people of concern had access to financial services, including community-based group savings, loans and insurance schemes
1,319 people of concern (394 cases) were submitted for resettlement
850 people of concern (266 cases) departed for the US, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 133,118
2014 133,744
2013 135,588


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

According to the Vice Ministry of Human Mobility, some 233,000 people requested asylum in Ecuador, of whom some 60,300 were recognized as refugees; the majority being Colombians.  Despite the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Ecuador will likely continue receiving Colombians seeking asylum. Official Government estimates suggest a few hundred Colombians are arrive in the country every month. Interest in voluntary repatriation among this group is expected to remain low.  
UNHCR counts on the Government’s continued open border policy to allow access to territory and asylum to Colombians in need of international protection. UNHCR hopes that the Bill on Human Mobility will be passed by the National Assembly in late 2016 or early 2017, as it would allow the refugee legal framework to be brought in line with international standards and, consequently, the quality of asylum to be improved.  With presidential elections in 2017, political tensions may affect the operational environment. The current refugee policies underpin to a large extent UNHCR’s Multi-Year Solutions Strategy and are therefore crucial to the continuation of UNHCR’s work in the country. 

Key priorities

•    Within the framework of the Multi-Year Solutions Strategy (2016-2018) for Ecuador, aiming at the gradual inclusion of refugees in national plans and policies, UNHCR will continue to pursue the legal integration of people of concern, including the enrolment of refugees in the Civil Registry to facilitate their access to basic services and rights. UNHCR will financially support this process. Lack of funding would result in a decrease in the number of registered refugees. UNHCR will also continue to work with the Refugee Directorate to strengthen the asylum system.  
•    To promote self-sufficiency and integration of people of concern, both in legal and socio-economic terms, UNHCR will scale up the implementation of innovative self-reliance projects such as the Graduation Model, which initially targeted some 1,500 vulnerable families to help them be lifted out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. Lack of funding would result in less people of concern graduating.