Protecting the “forgotten refugees of Latin America”
Colombia is the main source of the refugee overspill on the continent. The violent conflict saw 4.5 million people made homeless within the country over a 20-year period. It has forced many hundreds of thousands more to flee beyond Colombia’s borders.
Caritas raises awareness on an international, regional, national and local level regarding the dramatic and often over-looked refugee situation in Latin America. From local communities, with its “Human Mobility” campaign, right up to UN level, it wants to see improvements in the social, legal and political status of refugees.
In Ecuador, it wants to raise awareness among civil society and governments about the need for policies which promote and protect the human rights of migrants, their families and the refugee population in general.
Caritas Ecuador is urging action in the following areas:
Opportunities to improve the public image of refugees and create a positive public opinion towards them.
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