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Ecuador expats are more vulnerable to crime in small towns and rural areas than in larger cities, study shows

By Liam Higgins, cuencahighlife.com

A graduate school research project indicates that expats living in small towns and rural areas of Ecuador are more vulnerable to serious crime than those living in cities.

The research, by University of Edinburgh doctoral student Kelly Fowler, focuses on expats in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Spain.

“What we found is that foreigners living in cities, among the local population, are far less conspicuous than those living in the countryside and are less vulnerable to crime. This is true in Ecuador as well as in other major expat destinations.” Fowler says. “City expats suffer far fewer cases of crimes such as home invasions, kidnappings, physical attacks and household break-ins.”

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