Who is a refugee?

A refugee is someone who:

  • has fled his/her country and cannot return because he/she fears persecution due to her political opinions, race, religion, nationality or membership of a particular social group. The latter may include women victims of domestic violence; LGBTI+ persons who have been threatened or violated; children and adolescents at risk of forced recruitment; human rights defenders, among other profiles
  • has fled his/her country and cannot return because his/her life, security and freedom have been threatened by widespread violence, internal conflicts, massive violations of human rights or other circumstances that have seriously disrupted public order.

  • has left his/her country for any other reason, but once was away, he/she can no longer return for any of the situations described.

If this is your case, you have the right to apply for refugee status in Ecuador. Persons recognized as refugees in Ecuador obtain a 2-year, renewable temporary residence. If you’re not sure if your case falls into this definition, contact us so we can guide you.

If you believe you match this description, you can apply for refugee status. Learn how on this link: How can I apply for refugee status?