Venezuelans are facing retaliation in Ecuador based on misconceptions

Recently there have been reports of retaliation against the migrant Venezuelan population,. This has been fueled by the belief that there is a rise in the crime rate in Ecuador because of the large influx of Venezuelans over the last two years. Some statistics, when viewed as a whole may paint another picture. The number of Venezuelans currently detained in the Ecuadorian penitentiary system is 15% (446) of the total number of foreign detainees. They do represent the second largest percentage of that group, after Colombians (1,955). However, the number of foreign inmates in the prison system accounts for less…

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