Emptying Ecuador: Migration to the U.S. decimates Andean towns

In recent months, about 200 of the 700 inhabitants of this community in the Ecuadorian Andes have left, searching for opportunities. Most of them are heading to try to enter the United States illegally, according to the president of the town council, Rosa Masabalín.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uninhabited houses and desolate streets are the fateful and silent aspects of Ambatillo Alto, a small rural town in Ecuador. It is a place where the effects of the new migration wave of Ecuadorians to the United States, which last year reached around 100,000 irregular immigrants, are being felt.

In recent months, about 200 of the 700 inhabitants of this community in the Ecuadorian Andes have left, searching for opportunities. Most of them . . .

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