Seeking Home: Community Development for the Venezuelan Diaspora in Quito, Ecuador
Burke, Juan L
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As the political and economic problems in Venezuela worsen, the migration crisis the country is facing, increases. Four million Venezuelans have left the country, and the number is expected to double by the end of 2020. Popular destinations include countries like Colombia and Ecuador. This thesis proposes a response to the migration crisis in Quito, Ecuador. With 400,000 Venezuelans currently there and more expected to move to Ecuador by the end of this year, the problem obvious. This thesis explores the design of a refugee center in a self-sufficient community that offers housing, migratory and job search assistance, as well as educational programs, intending to help Venezuelans find a home in their new city, regardless of how extended their stay is.