The International Observatory on Statelessness

Ecuador

Approximately 200,000 undocumented individuals originating from Colombia live in refugee-like situations in Ecuador. Lacking legal protection, they are susceptible to trafficking, sexual exploitation, harassment, detention, and deportation. According to UNHCR, persons without documentation residing in Ecuador may be held in detention up to three years. After three years, foreigners are able to remain in the country on a temporary basis but remain stateless.