Ecuador’s socialist government is proposing a new law to make all migrants legal in the country.
“The right to migrate is guaranteed in the rules. No human being will be considered illegal,” said President Rafael Correa during his weekly address.
The new legislation will cover all areas of migration, as well as visas, passports, and identity documents for foreigners.
According to Correa, the current law has been in place since 1979 and constitutes 18 different categories of visa, but with the new rules this will be reduced to four.
“They guarantee rights to foreigners in Ecuador: asylum seekers, the stateless, among others,” he added.
The government will also introduce programs to integrate foreigners into day-to-day Ecuadorean life.
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