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Nicaraguan arrivals at US border outnumber migrants from Northern Triangle

A total of 55,279 Nicaraguans were detected by authorities at the South American border between October and November this year, more than the number of migrants in the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America. Information From United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Among countries in the region, the number of encounters with Nicaraguan migrants was exceeded only by Cuban migrants, who recorded 65,731 encounters with the authorities. The number of encounters with Venezuela reported in the same period was 36,637.

Migrants from the Northern Triangle, which includes Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, have for years topped the statistics for encounters with CBP officers at the border.

In fiscal year 2020, there were 3,154 reported encounters with Nicaraguan migrants at the US border, 17,713 with Salvadorans, 49,436 with Guatemalans, and 43,357 encounters with Hondurans reported by CBP.

In fiscal year 2021, officials reported 321,000 border encounters with Hondurans, 284,000 with Guatemalans and 99,000 with Salvadorans. From Nicaragua the figure was 50,722.

The dynamic began to change in fiscal year 2022, with an increase in meetings with Nicaragua. CBP reported 164,000 encounters with Nicaraguans at the border in that fiscal year, compared to 97,797 Salvadorans, 233,061 Guatemalans and 214,975 Hondurans.

Nicaragua is going through one of its worst political crises in four years, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), after protests against President Daniel Ortega erupted and were violently repressed, killing more than 300. More people died.

Migrants attribute their departure from the country to political, but also economic reasons.

According to a survey by the Costa Rican company Sid Gallup published in the magazine secret, 57% of Nicaraguans would migrate if they had the financial resources available to them; 51% will go to America. The main reasons according to the results of the survey are lack of jobs, corruption and high cost of living.

President Daniel Ortega has blamed the emigration on sanctions imposed by the US against his government. “Keep banning and more migrants will come”, he said in a speech on 27 October.

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