After a missed week, for which I apologize, welcome to this edition of Central American news.
Yesterday, I co-organized a conference on Salvadoran and Honduran refugees in Brussels. The audience was much larger than expected - people in Europe are becoming interested in Central America.
The number of Salvadoran and Honduran refugees in Europe has skyrocketed since 2015 - the four main countries of asylum being Italy, Spain, Sweden and Belgium.
In 2015, there were 595 Salvadoran and 235 Honduran “formal” asylum seekers - in 2018, there are 3,235 and 1,500, respectively. Nicaraguans are also starting to seek safety in Europe.
Nearly 96% of Salvadoran asylum seekers have been granted refugee status in Belgium since January 2018. Data for other countries is not available yet.
See you next week.