Ecuador’s Minister of Internal and External Security, Miguel Carvajal, requested financial aid from the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today to help assist Colombian refugees living in the country. With 135,000 refugees from Colombia’s 45-year-long civil war living within its borders, Ecuador receives more refugees than any other country in the Western Hemisphere. Carvajal estimated that Ecuador spends more than $50 million each year in health, education and energy costs related to its refugee population.
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