Agenzia Fides REPORT - The Ministers for Foreign Affairs from Colombia and Ecuador have asked the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help in assisting more than 52,000 Colombians with refugee status in Ecuador and provide support for the communities that host them.
The plan includes: on the one hand supporting the reintegration of Colombians who decide to return home, and on the other, improving the living conditions of Colombians who remain in Ecuador, promoting their socio-economic inclusion into society with access to employment, basic health services, education and housing.
The statement sent to Fides says that IOM has been working since 2001 on infrastructure projects and providing support to improve the quality of life of Colombians and the local population along the northern border of Ecuador. So far, about 550,000 people have benefited from the construction of 259 potable water plants and sanitation services, 94 bridges, road improvements and the strengthening of civil society and local government.
Ecuador is the country with the largest number of Colombian refugees. According to UNHCR, this Country has granted refugee status to more than 52,452 Colombians in grave danger in Colombia.