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Flow of Venezuelans into Ecuador to increase, officials say, as Peru tightens entry requirements

Immigration officials expect the number of Venezuelans entering Ecuador at its border with Colombia to increase dramatically as Peru tightens its entry requirements. Beginning June 15, all Venezuelans entering Peru must have a valid passport and visa.

Venezuelans at the border. (El Comercio)

On Monday, three dozen additional migration police were dispatched to the Colombian border to process the additional traffic.

“There could be flood of people attempting to enter the country,” says Daniel Regalado, president of the Venezuelan Civil Association in Ecuador. “They are desperate to make it to Peru before the rules change. If they can’t enter Peru by Saturday many of them will stay in Ecuador.”

According to Ecuador’s foreign ministry, an average of 2,000 Venezuelans enter the country each day and, according to Regalado, that number could easily double. “When Peru enacts the new controls it will serve as a dam, trapping refugees in Ecuador and Colombia. It will also cause an increase in the number of people attempting to enter illegally,” he says.

Regalado is urging Ecuadorian authorities to create a “humanitarian corridor” and provide buses to transport refugees from the Colombian border to the Rumichaca – Huaquillas Peru crossing. Ecuador provided such a service for three weeks in 2018 when the daily entry of Venezuelans into Ecuador topped 4,000.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 3.9 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015, of which 3.1 million remain in Latin America. Ecuador has processed 1.5 million arrivals in that period, one million since January 2018, and estimates that 300,000 to 350,000 have relocated in the country, many of them without documentation.

Quito, Santo Domingo, Cuenca, Guayaquil and Machala host the largest numbers of Venezuelans, Ecuador’s interior ministry says.

8 thoughts on “Flow of Venezuelans into Ecuador to increase, officials say, as Peru tightens entry requirements

  1. First, we must ask why Peru is tightening it’s borders. Maybe it is because sudden, mass migration eventually causes problems for the receiving country.
    After Peru tightens it’s entry requirements, the situation here in Ecuador will go from bad to worse. Something needs to change soon.
    1. “Fix” Venezuela so that it’s citizens aren’t desperate to leave. Not fair because that would probably take foreign intervention.
    2. Control migration at the Columbian border. Then, it becomes Colombia’s problem. Not fair to put the load on one country, while at the same time forcing illegal entry into Ecuador.
    3. Allow Venezuelans work visas to work in Ecuador. Not fair because it would take jobs away from Ecuadorians.
    Something has to break. Our economy will support only so many lollipop street vendors.

    1. Allowing Venezuelans to work in Ecuador is actually quite fair because so many Ecuadorians are working abroad. Let’s say one working permit for a Venezuelan for each Ecuadorian that is working abroad (mainly the USA, Spain and Italy). Add to that one working permit per Ecuadorian that moved to Venezuela in the 80s and 90s to find a better job.

      1. Spain, Italy and the US are developed countries with populations of 45 million, 60 million and 300 million respectively which makes them much more able to cope with migration influxes than a developing country of 17 million like Ecuador.
        Second, there were 40 thousand Ecuadorians in Venezuela at the highest and they got there over a much longer period AND all needed visas.
        Now there are over 300 thousand Venezuelans staying in Ecuador all of whom came within 3 years and most of them didn’t even needed a passport much less a visa, Ecuador has done more than it’s share here, especially considering its current economic circumstances.

      2. Does Ecuador really KNOW how many Ecuadoreans are still working in Spain and The States? I doubt it. There are SO many who have returned, also, and all along…the population is providing young people, joining the work force.
        I’m thinking Lorenzo is making logical statements of the situation.

    2. They need to fix their country, no way around it! I just came back from Machala, there is lots of them and locals warned me, I could get robbed or even worse. I gave dollar here and there if I see begging Venezuelan mother with little child but when I saw group of standing guys doing nothing, I change the way I was heading.

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