The Constitutional Court of Ecuador and the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees

Ecuador has been historically a country of origin, transit, destination and return of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Colombia due to the armed conflict, but also from Venezuela because of the humanitarian and human rights crisis. In this context, during the last three years the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued relevant decisions to promote and strengthen the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, analyzing matters such as: the right to migrate, the prohibition immigration detention, the guarantees of due process on the migration procedures, the risk of statelessness by the lack of birth registrations, or the prohibition of collective expulsions. These judgments not only play an important role in Ecuador and the Region on dismantling stereotypes against migrants but may also have an impact on different countries that experiences forced migration.