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Asylum Seekers Head to Mexico to Wait for US Hearing

Thousands of Central American asylum seekers are being forced to head back south to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico because the United States government won’t let them remain in the country while their visa paperwork is processed, which could take months or years.   Just on the other...

San Jose March, August 25, 2018 (Photos)

Thousands in San Jose marched in solidarity with Nicaraguan migrants and against xenophobia

Former Presidents of Costa Rica Make A Call Against Xenophobia

Former presidents #CostaRica call for Peace and warn against perverse interests that may be trying to destroy "our harmony and fuelling hatred and xenophobia". "Let us not succumb to temptation," says the Tweet, that includes a copy of the letter signed by all the former...

“I Do Not See The Nicaraguan Migration As A Danger For Costa Rica”

The recent xenophobic attack against Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica is an expression of "ignorance", "fanaticism" and "a very misunderstood form of what is patriotism and nationalism," says Costa Rican sociologist Abelardo Morales, who specializes in migration issues, borders, and social development. For Morales, a...

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...

Carlos Alvarado assures that Costa Rica has the necessary resources to guarantee a safe and orderly immigration control

On national television, Sunday night, President Carlos Alvarado, assured that the Government has allocated the necessary resources to guarantee a safe, orderly and registered migratory control. In the message, the president called for peace, calm and to act prudently and sensibly, following the xenophobic demonstrations...

Nicaraguans React After The Xenophobic March On Saturday (Video)

Nicaraguans living in  Costa Rica react after the xenophobic march and the temporary closure by the authorities of the La Merced park in downtown San José.  Costa Ricans explain why they carried out a march against Nicaraguans who are arriving to Costa Rica. 

La Merced Park closed indefinitely after xenophobic demonstrations

Security Minister Michael Soto announced Saturday night that the La Merced park, in downtown San Jose, will remain closed and under guard by the police for an indefinite period, after the xenophobic demonstrations that took place today. On Saturday, 44 people were arrested, 38 of...

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...

Venezuela Asylum Requests Soar in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Costa Rica,  Panama and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in that country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States (OAS) said Tuesday. In the first half of this...

Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants 90 years ago: Why the global fallout still matters

“No story…just a couple of wops in a jam.” Ninety years ago, on Aug. 23, 1927, two Italian immigrants were executed. The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political...

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other...

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