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Venezuelan exodus at 4 million since 2015

The UNHCR refugee agency said since November alone 1 million Venezuelans had fled their country gripped by the standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his opponent, self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. Four million Venezuelans have fled their crisis-torn homeland in little over four years, say...

Nicaraguan professionals seek safety in Costa Rica

Doctors, lawyers and professors are among professionals forced to flee their homeland for doing their jobs, applying for asylum in neighbouring Costa Rica when anti-government protests broke out in Nicaragua in 2018. Nicaragua lawyer and rights activist Braulio Abarca, 28, pictured at a church in...

Costa Rican schools open their doors to displaced Nicaraguan children

The first day at a new school can be nerve-wracking for any child. But for Lina* and Miguel*, their first day of class in Upala, a small city near Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, was nothing short of life-changing. That is because the two...

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 –...

Helping refugees to thrive in Costa Rica

With her brownies, chocolates and custom-made cakes selling out fast, baker Julissa Marin de Colman is looking to expand. She needs a bigger oven to bake more goods and more counter space for her brownies to cool off. “Some people cool them off in the fridge,...

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...

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...

Latin America Lacks Clear Policies to Tackle Human Trafficking

Q24N (By Daniela Pastrana, IPS) Each year, some three million undocumented immigrants enter the United States, half of them with the help of traffickers, as part of a nearly seven-billion- dollar business, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although Mexico is...

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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