Ecuador tightens requirements for granting refugee status

10:59, June 21, 2011      

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Ecuador's Foreign Ministry said Monday that requirements for having refugee status in the South American country have been tightened.

The new measures are based on the "citizen security policy" of the Ecuadorian government, said Leonardo Carrion, assistant secretary of migratory, consular and refugee issues at the ministry.

"We will grant the request when a person is allegedly vulnerable in his country and needs the protection of the Ecuadorian State," Carrion said.

He said the current "admission process is precise and coordinated with the security measures to verify that the applicants have not been involved in common crimes or crimes against humanity."

Ecuador has the largest number of refugees in Latin America, with 54,575 people from 70 countries living under protected refugee status, according to the ministry.

Carrion said Ecuador "continues to fulfill its international commitments, constitutional mandates and observes the strict fulfillment of the refuge norms to avoid the abuse of the system."

Source: Xinhua
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