Ecuador has started to register refugees from Colombia, a process that should allow many who have fled the conflict in Colombia to stay safely in Ecuador, BBC News reports.
Ecuador has the highest number of refugees in Latin America – a consequence of the ongoing conflict in Colombia between guerrillas, paramilitary squads and the state.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Colombia has one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations, estimated at more than three million.
Another 500,000 to 750,000 have fled to other countries, according to the Refugee Council USA, a U.S.-based coalition of NGOs. (Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a member of RCUSA)
Ecuador is a preferred destination both for its geographical proximity to the troubled southern Colombian regions of Putumayo and Narino and for the relatively easy migration process.
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