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Costa Rica offers “special category” to Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans

QCOSTARICA - The government created "a special temporary category" with the intention of offering complementary protection to migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, who had previously been denied their request for refuge in the country. With this category, the citizens of these three countries will...

Foreigner Residents Who Leave Costa Rica Will Lose Their Residency Status

President Carols Alvarado, during the Monday mid-day briefing on the coronaviurs covid-19 in Costa Rica, announced several measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and an increase in the number of confirmed cases - 158 as of Monday - in the country. One...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

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...

How a Cuban Refugee Raised the Wealthiest Man in the World

He was 16 years old when he migrated alone to the United States, after the Cuban Communist regime expropriated his family’s wood factory. His story of overcoming adversity forged the necessary values for his son, Jeff Bezos, who has created the largest fortune in the...

Majority of US-Bound Migrants Refuse Asylum in Mexico

The majority of Central American migrants, who have been staying in a temporary accommodation center in Mexico City on their way to the United States have refused to receive the status of refugees in Mexico, the country’s Interior Ministry said. The migrants had also refused...

Honduran Asylum Seeker Dies in Clash with Mexican Police

Henry Diaz, 26, died Sunday after receiving a rubber bullet in the head during clashes with the Mexican Federal Police on the border between Mexico and Guatemala, reported sources from Guatemala’s National Police. Mexican Police deployed on the Mexican border in order to prevent migrants...

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...

On average of 200 Nicaraguans daily request refuge in Costa Rica

From June 18 to date, Costa Rica's immigration service, Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería de Costa Rica (DGME), has received more than 30,000 applications for refuge from Nicaraguans who have been forced to flee the repression of Daniel Ortega's regime in their country. Of...

Latin America is facing its worst refugee crisis in its history

Venezuela is in the throes of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis. The incompetent, repressive policies of President Nicolás Maduro have propelled Venezuela into a downward spiral, and political turmoil is deepening the chaotic situation in the country. The economic and humanitarian crises, coupled with...

Costa Rica gets international help to strengthen migrant care

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will expand the technical and financial cooperation offered to the immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)  with the aim of strengthening its services to the public, given the increase in the number of...

Nicaraguans in San Jose walk together for safety and survive on ¢300 colones daily

What's it like to be a Nicaraguan migrant in Costa Rica today? Contrary to the social media posts and comments that they come here to 'pillage', the sad reality is that most live on a few colones a day and without a roof over...

Donations Being Collected in the U.S. for Nicaraguan Refugees in Costa Rica

Nicaraguan organizations in South Florida will collect clothing and blankets to be sent to thousands of Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica. The non-profit organization "Miami Managua Lions Club" will receive donations of coats, clothing of all ages and sizes, shoes, quilts, towels, sheets, sanitary pads...

44 arrested for xenophobic attacks against Nicaraguans in San José

The Fuerza Publica (national police) confirmed the arrest of 44 people for xenophobic attacks in downtown San José on Saturday when a group of more than 400 Costa Ricans descended on the Parque La Merced, a park known for Nicaraguans to gather. "It is regrettable...

Fleeing violence, Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Rica

(UNHCR) The thin, bespectacled medical student acted as a paramedic in street protests in Nicaragua until gun-toting paramilitaries detained him last month. “They beat me, they put a towel on my face and poured water on me until I felt like I was drowning,” says...

Number of Nicaraguans Seeking Asylum In Costa Rica Has Shot Up

The number of Nicaraguans seeking asylum has skyrocketed in Costa Rica, as an overflowing immigration service receives UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency - support to increase the registration of displaced persons. Currently, 200 asylum applications are being processed every day, but the Dirección General...

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...

Costa Rica Detained Nigerians Who Trafficked Cocaine By Mail

Costa Rican authorities dismantled an organization led by Nigerians who sent cocaine to Africa, Asia and Europe by mail. The detainees were identified as Onyebuchi, 37, leader of the gang and linked to the placement of packages with cocaine and another man was identified as...

American Fugitive Arrested In Costa Rica Will Be Deported Saturday!

QCOSTARICA - John Wesley Saatio is headed for home on Saturday, confirmed the Minister of Security, Gustavo Mata, who said he spoke to U.S. authorities to get the fugitive back on American soil as soon as possible. According to Mata, the foreigner will be taken...

Gang violence blamed for refugee crisis in Central America

Q24N (Reuters) - Gang violence in parts of Central America has created a refugee crisis reminiscent of the 1980s when wars forced large numbers from their home countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of refugees from El Salvador, Honduras...

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