Venezuelan displacement crisis
People continue to leave Venezuela to flee violence, insecurity and threats, as well as the lack of food, medicine and essential services. With over 6 million Venezuelans now living abroad, the vast majority in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean, this has become one of the largest displacement crises in the world. Ongoing political, human rights and socio-economic developments in Venezuela compel growing numbers of girls and boys, women and men to leave for neighbouring countries and beyond. Many arrive scared, tired and in dire need of assistance.
Venezuelan refugees and migrants
around the world
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been working in Ecuador for over 20 years to secure the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and to support the communities that take them in.
Ecuador hosts the largest recognised refugee populationin Latin America. As of late 2021, over 70,000 people had been recognised as refugees, the majority of them Colombian.
The country is also home to over 500,000 refugees and migrants from Venezuela. UNHCR is working in coordination with public authorities and their partners in civil society to provide humanitarian aid and facilitate the socio-economic inclusion of all those who were forced to flee their countries and found a safe place to live in Ecuador.