Quito, Ecuador

Migrant Services through the Implementation of the District Human Mobility Plan for the Metropolitan District of Quito


Quito is a recipient of the Global Cities Fund, the Mayors Migration Council’s response to the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people.

The Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ), in partnership with FUDELA, will develop and implement a District Human Mobility Plan with the active involvement of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The Plan will set objectives to increase the offer of services to the population in state of human mobility, create a shared community space to foster their socio-economic inclusion, and give migrant and displaced communities a permanent communication channel to influence the city planning of the MDQ. The city government will organize participatory workshops to identify the difficulties these communities face and coordinate with both governmental and non-governmental social and humanitarian assistance providers. The city government will expand and strengthen the free services provided by the city to reach migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The services and activities will include vocational training and other courses to enhance skills and technical capacities, advice on legal issues including migration laws and regulations, and programs to strengthen the clients’ support networks.


Quito’s project has four key impacts:

  1. Migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have improved access to effective and responsive social services tailored to their needs.
  2. Migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers influence the plans, policies, and services of the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito.
  3. Social and humanitarian service providers are coordinated in their efforts to serve migrant and displaced communities.
  4. The Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito has a clear roadmap to institutionalize its service to Quito’s migrant and displaced communities and builds its internal capacity to implement it.

Quito’s project’s key innovation:

  • The plan will institutionalize Quito’s commitment to migrant and displaced communities in the years to come.  
Priority Objectives
Engaging in regional and multilateral partnerships and increasing city-to-city cooperation
Improving migration governance and forced displacement protection
Protecting those most vulnerable
Providing access to urban infrastructure, social services, and education regardless of status
Realising socio-economic inclusion
Realising socio-economic inclusion
Local or regional government
Santiago Guarderas Izquierdo
Start of Project