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Costa Rica calls for aid, grappling with spike in Nicaraguan refugees

Costa Rica's president, Carlos Alvarado, earlier this week requested urgent international aid for refugees, due to the tens of thousands of Nicaraguans after a political crisis triggered months of violent protests in the neighboring country. The demonstrations in Nicaragua erupted in April 2018, when President...

Costa Rica Grants 24 Nicarguans Refugee Status

Costa Rica has granted from 2018 to May 2019, 24 refugee status for Nicaraguans who fled the socio-political crisis that began in April of last year. 68 others are expected to be granted status soon. In addition, 12,238 Nicaraguans who filed for refuge were granted...

Ortega Top Supreme Court Judge Resigns, Denounces Dictatorship in Nicaragua and Takes Refuge In Costa Rica

The ex-magistrate of Nicaragua's Supreme Court of Justice, Rafael Solis Cerda, entered Costa Rica one day before submitting his resignation his position and denouncing the existence of "a dictatorship" and "a state of terror" in his native country. Solís, a man considered close to President...

30,000 Nicaraguans Fled to Costa Rica In Six Months

The director of Costa Rica's immigration service, Raquel Vargas, said on Sunday that the number of Nicaraguans who have fled to Costa Rica in the past six months is of no less than 30,000. Vargas said they are seeking refuge from the violence and persecution...

Nicaraguans Cram Immigration Seeking Refuge

Apart from marches and union demonstrations, Monday dawned with long lines of Nicaraguan citizens in the vicinity of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica immigration service - in La Uruca. Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am the line stretched for...

Nicaraguans Applying For Refuge in Costa Rica Increased Significantly This Week

The crisis that Nicaraguans are living since April 18 and that has claimed over 165 lives since has resulted in an increase in the number of applications for refuge in Costa Rica by Nicaraguans fleeing the atrocities by the government of Daniel Ortega. On Thursday,...

Costa Rica Preparing For Eventual Wave Of Nicaraguans

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) - Ministry of Public Security - said it is maintaining "normal surveillance" in the northern borders in the event of a possible massive entry of Nicaraguans. The Minister the MSP, Michael Soto Rojas, who, on Friday during the graduation ceremony...

Nicaraguans Request For Refuge In Costa Rica Have Multiplied

Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that, in the last 10 days, in the heat of the internal conflict in the neighboring country, the requests for refuge by Nicaraguans have multiplied. Although it did not elaborate, the government of Carlos Alvarado would only say...

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