In the past few months, stories of Colombians fleeing armed
violence and crossing into Ecuador seeking international protection
have become commonplace. Colombians who enter Ecuador tell
IOM they are leaving their country in search of a life without
violence and a better future for their children.
Since October 2005, with funding from the US Department of
State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), IOM has
been providing emergency assistance to Colombians in the border
areas of Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.