Urban Profiles of the Colombian Population in Quito

Date published
01 Mar 2014
Research, reports and studies
Refugees/IDPs, Internal Displacement, Targeting, Identification and Profiling, Urban
Colombia, Ecuador
Tufts University

UNHCR Representation in Ecuador led a research study about the
profiles of the Colombian population living in the Metropolitan District of Quito. The main
objective of this research is to provide up-to-date, reliable and agreed-upon information on living conditions and access to rights, as well as inclusion and coexistence in the urban space, through a comparative analysis of population groups with different migratory situations. It is hoped that the results of the research will become a useful tool for developing policies and programmes adapted to the specific context of the Colombian population living in the city, through the identification of each group’s specific vulnerabilities and capacities. It is also hoped that disseminating and raising awareness of the information collected will encourage the reduction of discrimination, prejudice and barriers to good living standards faced by immigrants as well as those who welcome them, as a better strategy providing lasting solutions for a mobile society. Lastly, it is hoped that the process and methodology followed with regards to Quito can be replicated in other cities in Ecuador with a resident Colombian population.