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A year into sociopolitical crisis, thousands of Nicaraguans continue to flee

Despite having little interest in politics, Manuel* found himself caught up in the violence and persecution that erupted in Nicaragua a year ago, after the government cracked down on street protests. Andrea, a pregnant asylum-seeker from Nicaragua, used an improvised kitchen after arriving in Costa...

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 55,000 Seek Refuge In Costa Rica

(UNHCR) April 16, 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow –...

Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and...

Costa Rica will protect refugees on the pretenses of Daniel Ortega

The Government of Costa Rica says it will not give in to any request that puts at risk the lives of people who request refuge in the country. This is how Lorena Aguilar, Vice Chancellor, responded to the pretensions of the President of Nicaragua, Daniel...

More than half a million Venezuelans fled to Ecuador this year, UN says

More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year as part of one of the largest mass migrations in Latin American history, the United Nations said on Friday. More than half a million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador to escape crime...

ULACIT will give 100% scholarships to Nicaraguan refugees

The Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) announced on Wednesday that it will award full scholarships to outstanding Nicaraguan students who are refugees in the country. The benefit will be granted to Nicaraguan students who have a minimum average of 85 points and who...

Catholic Church opens reception centers for Nicaraguan refugees

(ACI Prensa) The Diocese of Quesada in Costa Rica has set up two reception centers to serve the Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the violence that has plagued their country for nearly four months. The centers are offering food, clothing, and orientation materials for those passing through...

‘The truth is we had to leave’: Fleeing Venezuela for Colombia

Cucuta, Colombia – Insecurity, instability and violence have forced more 1.5 million Venezuelans to flee the country since 2014, according to conservative government figures. Over half that population have sought refuge in neighboring Colombia. More than 35,000 people cross the bridge from Venezuela into Colombia...

Saturday’s Demonstration At The U.S. Embassy In San Jose (Photos)

From Angie Vecchio, co-organizer of the event, live on Saturday, June 30, in front of the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, the official count was 80 Ticos (Costa Ricans) and Gringos (Americans) who gathered together to protest the demonizing of immigrants and refugees, and...

Costa Rica Will Continue Accepting Venezuelans For Humanitarian Reasons

Chancellor Epsy Campbell said that Costa Rica will maintain its "humanitarian attitude of welcome" to Venezuelans, understanding that the political situation in that country is "complex". The announcement came a day after the government of Carlos Alvarado said it does not recognize the legitimacy of...

Cyberbullying at an all-time high: Don’t be a bystander

Never in the history of humanity has bullying been so inventive and thus destructive. Cyberbullies exploit this digital age to spread hate. They intentionally and repeatedly use the internet to cause harm, fear or distress to people. Their behaviour includes harassing individuals they consider...

Costa Rica Hosts More Refugees in Central America: UN

Costa Rica is the Central American country which hosts the most refugees, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Ranked fourth in Latin America, Costa Rica accepted 4,180 refugees last year, while another 3,600 persons are in the process of seeking asylum.   Panama is...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

Australia prime minister says 50 refugees will soon go to U.S.

Repeatedly expressing his disdain for the agreement struck under the Obama administration, which would see the U.S. accept 1,250 refugees from Australia in exchange for migrants detained in U.S.-led resettlement program from a camp in Costa Rica, U.S. President Donald Trump was thanked by...

Costa Rica gives refugees opportunities to succeed

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – When Ricardo Ángel, Miriam Velásquez and their children fled the armed conflict in Colombia in 2002 they reached Costa Rica with little more than hope. Now 15 years on, the couple run a highly successful gluten-free bakery in the nation’s...

Central American refugees hope to call Mexico City home

MEXICO CITY – Offering a menu based around local dishes, the busy diner is like many others in the sprawling Mexican capital. What is unique are the staff. The cooks, waiters and waitresses have all fled violence and persecution for safety in Mexico, and are...

As US closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

(Q24N) A United States federal court has blocked President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order barring citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the US, but the impacts of the travel ban are already being felt at the nation’s borders. The suspended order...

Australia May Not Take Central American Refugees in Costa Rica in U.S. Deal

Q COSTA RICA - The 200 Central American refugees offered temporary protection in Costa Rica and to be taken in by Australia, are getting caught up in a political row between Australia and the United States. Last July Costa Rica agreed with the U.S. to...

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

(Q COSTA RICA) OPINION - Practically everyone I talk to these days shows an air concern of what will be their future in Trump's America. And without fail, ask my opinion of what will happen. As if I have the answer. I don't. This past...

Australia Will Take Refugees From Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Australia's Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, told the UN that his country will take refugees from Costa Rica. This does not include the African migrants currently in Costa Rica, on their way north to the United States. At Barack Obama's global migration summit in...

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