The United States government announced more than $35 million in humanitarian assistance to support Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and members of the host community in Ecuador. This new funding is part of nearly $314 million for humanitarian, health, economic and development assistance for Venezuelan refugees and vulnerable migrants across the hemisphere, announced by President Biden at the Summit of the Americas (June 10 2022).
This new humanitarian aid supports a wide range of humanitarian programs for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, such as emergency shelter, food aid, access to health care, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, increased access to education, livelihood support, COVID-19 response, and protection of vulnerable groups, including survivors of gender-based violence, children and teenagers, LGBTQI+ people and indigenous peoples.
On World Refugee Day (June 20), U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Michael J. Fitzpatrick highlighted the U.S. commitment to protecting and assisting refugees and migrants in the world : “U.S. humanitarian assistance in Ecuador supports three primary objectives: local integration, voluntary return in safety and dignity, and resettlement to another country. We recognize Ecuador’s efforts to host the largest population of recognized refugees in the region and we support the Ecuadorian people in their generosity of spirit,” said the ambassador.
The United States is the world’s largest provider of humanitarian assistance to those in need, including refugees, victims of conflict, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and vulnerable migrants.
Since the beginning of the Venezuelan migration crisis in 2017, the United States government has provided more than $250 million in humanitarian funds to support Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and members of the host community in Ecuador. Additionally, since 2017, it has provided over $36 million in humanitarian assistance to support Colombians in Ecuador.
The United States has welcomed more than 3.5 million refugees for permanent resettlement since 1975 and continues to prioritize the admission of those who have been persecuted or who have a well-founded fear of persecution on grounds of race, ethnicity, political opinion, nationality, religion or affiliation. social group.
Recognizing the positive contributions refugees have made to the United States, and in keeping with President Biden’s commitment to welcome more refugees, including those from Latin America, the United States is rebuilding and modernizing its refugee resettlement program. refugees to support those who feel persecuted.
Since 2002, the United States has permanently welcomed more than 3,500 Ecuadorian refugees, mostly Colombian nationals, through the United States Admissions and Refugee Program.