Refugees in Ecuador

5,080 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2016 in Ecuador - according to UNHCR. All these refugees had come from persons with unknown origin. A total of 1,705 decisions have been made on initial applications. Which were around 16% answered positively. 84 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. Most successful have been the applications of refugees from persons with unknown origin.

In a second table below you find the refugees, who fled from Ecuador and made their asylum application in other countries.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of incoming asylum applications [in Country] 2000 to 2016

The top line represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below there are the number of recognized refugees (green) and the rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Ecuador

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2016. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptations or rejections) does not have to sum up with the number of applications, because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also they dont have to be closed within the same calendar year. In addition, asylum procedures can also be closed, if the applicant disappeared or withdrew the application.


New Applications



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
unknown 5,0802711,43415.9 % 000
Totals 5,0802711,43415.9 % 000

Asylum applications of refugees from Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the countries, were refugees are not only migratiing in. Only in the year 2016 there have been 3,185 asylum applications, which were received for citizens from Ecuador in other countries. Most successful have been the applications in the United States and in Italy.

New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
United States 3,063880100.0 % 1,360519534.9 %
Italy 330100.0 % 000
Chile 2000 000
Mexico 2000 000
Canada 18070.0 % 000
Guatemala 900 000
Spain 800 000
Peru 800 000
Sweden 600 000
Totals 3,185881783.8 % 1,360519534.9 %

National migrant stock from 1995 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 387,513 migrants lived in Ecuador. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The amount includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections of the United Nations Population Division.