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IOM in Ecuador

IOM has been present in Ecuador since 1965, developing diverse projects and programs to support the Ecuadorian government’s efforts to tackle the challenges posed by the migration dynamic in the country. 

Over the past years, IOM Ecuador has been implementing programs for refugee resettlement, cultural orientation for refugees, labour migration, programs to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling as well as assisted voluntary return and reintegration. It has also been providing technical assistance to the national and local governments, working closely to support ongoing efforts to mainstream migration into development, and showcasing Ecuador’s progressive approach to mobility, including in regards to innovative processes such as the mobility agenda and the development of the human mobility law.

More recently, and given the 7.8 earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on 16 April 2016, IOM has been working in support to the government to respond to the humanitarian emergency.

As part of the response, IOM has established sub-offices in Manta and Pedernales (Province of Manabi) to carry out the activities in the earthquake- affected region, including Esmeralda province. IOM is leading the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) sector at national level, and the Shelter/NFI sector at sub-national level.

Thematic Areas

  • Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Post-Humanitarian Crisis Situations
  • Migration and Climate Change
  • Resettlement Assistance
  • Voluntary Return and Reintegration
  • Counter-Trafficking
  • Labour Migration
  • Migration and Development
  • Policies and Research

More information (in Spanish) is available on IOM Ecuador's website.

Population (2015):16.1 million
Area:272,045 km sq
Languages :Spanish, indigenous languages
Currency:US dollar (USD)
GDP per Capita PPP (2014):USD 11,293
HDI Rank (2014):88 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 2,524 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):-0.4 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2015):2.4%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2015):48.3%
Population under 15 (2015):29%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):0.3%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Av. Mariana de Jesús OE7-02 Y Nuño de Valderrama
Edificio CITIMED  Piso 8

Tel: + 593 23934400