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What we can learn from Costa Rica’s embrace of migrants
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What we can learn from Costa Rica’s embrace of migrants

Katherine Stanley Obando / Yes! Magazine - July 25, 2020

With darkness closing in around her in April 2018, Elizabeth, a 27-year-old Nicaraguan law student, clutched her 1-year-old baby in her arms as she waded through a…

Alleged migrant smugglers arrested in Costa Rica
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Alleged migrant smugglers arrested in Costa Rica

AFP - July 13, 2020

Authorities in Costa Rica detained five citizens suspected of human trafficking in the south of the country, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported Sunday. With them…

US adds Nicaragua to human trafficking blacklist
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US adds Nicaragua to human trafficking blacklist

Alina DIESTE / AFP and The Tico Times - June 26, 2020

The United States included Nicaragua on its human trafficking blacklist Thursday when presenting its annual report on the matter, in which it warned that the coronavirus pandemic…

Nicaraguan migration and COVID-19, explained
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Nicaraguan migration and COVID-19, explained

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 12, 2020

The second pandemic wave in Costa Rica has struck the Northern Zone, where vulnerable populations have become the country’s new coronavirus epicenter.  Dozens of cases have emerged…

Panama seeks to bring migrants stranded by COVID-19 to Costa Rica
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Panama seeks to bring migrants stranded by COVID-19 to Costa Rica

AFP - June 1, 2020

Panama intends to transport some 1,900 migrants, who have been stranded in that country due to COVID-19 after crossing the inhospitable Darien jungle, closer to the border…

Trump says U.S. will halt immigration due to coronavirus
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Trump says U.S. will halt immigration due to coronavirus

AFP - April 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would temporarily suspend immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the US already being the worst-hit…

Migrants traveling to U.S., stranded in the Panamanian jungle, now face COVID-19
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Migrants traveling to U.S., stranded in the Panamanian jungle, now face COVID-19

Juan José Rodríguez / AFP - April 20, 2020

More than 1,500 undocumented migrants who were on their way to the United States are stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic in a jungle area of ​​Panama,…

More than 100,000 have fled Nicaragua crisis: UN
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More than 100,000 have fled Nicaragua crisis: UN

AFP - March 10, 2020

More than 100,000 people have fled Nicaragua in the two years since the Central American country plunged into political and social crisis, the United Nations refugee agency…

Costa Rica dismantles a trafficking network of Cuban migrants
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Costa Rica dismantles a trafficking network of Cuban migrants

AFP and The Tico Times - February 25, 2020

Costa Rican authorities dismantled on Tuesday a network dedicated to the trafficking of Cuban migrants entering from Panama and intending to reach the United States or Mexico,…

Migration from Central America to the US drops by 75%
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Migration from Central America to the US drops by 75%

AFP and The Tico Times - February 20, 2020

Migration from the countries of northern Central America to the United States has been reduced by more than 75% since last May, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf…