The Haitian associative initiatives in Ecuador have to be seen within the context generated by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This is a population that has been forced to migrate, but it is not considered within the parameters of protection under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951), so they are left in lack of protection due to their irregular migration. In this context, two Haitian associations in Quito have played an important role especially in the field of counseling and communication, becoming spaces for civic engagement. Being weak associative initiatives, their existence is at risk by having scarce institutional support networks.
Ecuador; Haití; asociacions; irregular migration; forced migration