Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official
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Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official

Jill Replogle - July 11, 2016

Six months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to expand options for Central Americans fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, those plans…

Nearly 150,000 Central Americans expected to seek asylum this year
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Nearly 150,000 Central Americans expected to seek asylum this year

Zach Dyer - July 7, 2016

Asylum-seekers are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras at a scale never before seen in the region, the United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday. The Office of the…

FARC cease-fire could change Costa Rica’s refugee population
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Colombia
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FARC cease-fire could change Costa Rica’s refugee population

Zach Dyer - June 27, 2016

Both sides of Colombia’s civil war shook hands in Havana, Cuba on Thursday after signing a cease-fire agreement that could pave the way to peace in the…

More Central Americans seek asylum in Costa Rica 
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More Central Americans seek asylum in Costa Rica 

Zach Dyer - June 21, 2016

Costa Rica is increasingly becoming a destination for people seeking asylum, many of them from other Central American countries plagued by violence. Costa Rica received more than 2,000…

Deporting 600 migrants back to Africa could be expensive, and impossible
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Costa Rica
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Deporting 600 migrants back to Africa could be expensive, and impossible

Zach Dyer - April 25, 2016

Costa Rica is getting tough-ish on the some 600, mostly African migrants camped out on its southern border in Paso Canoas. The government announced over the weekend…

Mud-soaked migrants fight for food as Greek border blockade drags on
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Mud-soaked migrants fight for food as Greek border blockade drags on

Vassilis Kyriakoulis and Sophie Makris | AFP - March 1, 2016

IDOMENI, Greece -- Desperate and freezing, migrants scramble over each other to grab food thrown out from the back of a van. It has been a long, cold night…

NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean
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NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean

Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Griff Witte | The Washington Post - February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, marking the most direct intervention by the NATO alliance to cope with…

Costa Rica declares ‘success’ after first airlift of Cuban migrants
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Cuban migrants
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Costa Rica declares ‘success’ after first airlift of Cuban migrants

Zach Dyer - January 14, 2016

The first group of Cuban migrants flown out of Costa Rica reached the border with Mexico Wednesday afternoon, marking the first successful airlift of the migrants after spending…

Obama Thanksgiving message likens refugees to pilgrims
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Obama Thanksgiving message likens refugees to pilgrims

AFP - November 26, 2015

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans Thursday to open their hearts to refugees in his Thanksgiving message to the nation, likening them to the pilgrims the…

Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream
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Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 19, 2015

CÚCUTA, Colombia – As he walked along the aisles of the supermarket, 25-year-old Nestor Usa Torres pointed to items on the shelves: sunflower oil, powdered milk, shampoo.…