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Ecuador Transnational Issues Profile 2017

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Disputes - internationalorganized illegal narcotics operations in Colombia penetrate across Ecuador's shared border, which thousands of Colombians also cross to escape the violence in their home country
Illicit drugssignificant transit country for cocaine originating in Colombia and Peru, with much of the US-bound cocaine passing through Ecuadorian Pacific waters; importer of precursor chemicals used in production of illicit narcotics; attractive location for cash-placement by drug traffickers laundering money because of dollarization and weak anti-money-laundering regime; increased activity on the northern frontier by trafficking groups and Colombian insurgents (2008)
Refugees and internally displaced personsrefugees (country of origin): 101,161 (Colombia) (2016)
IDPs: 11,137 (earthquake April 2016) (2016)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on July 9, 2017

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