Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
As I’m in Spain for a short break, I’d like to share with you some information on Central Americans in this corner of the world.
Did you know that around 40,000 Hondurans
and 20,000 Nicaraguans were living in Spain in 2017? Most Hondurans do not reside in Madrid, as one might expect, but in the Catalan region
, and most Nicaraguans are in Zaragoza, in the north of Spain. They are the two largest groups of Central American nationals.
Last year, 1,400 Salvadorans and 1,315 Hondurans filed asylum cases according to European statistics. Many others stay with expired tourist visas.
I haven’t seen much data from the Caribbean-Central American side - apart from one Belizean cocktail bar in Barcelona, which I’m eager to visit - but the Dominican community is particularly well represented in Spain (around 160,000 live here).
Thank you for reading!
NB: I want to apologize for translating the word transvestido
as “transvestite” from this article
last week, as it is negatively connoted in the LGTQ+ community. I’ll exclusively use the term “transgender” from now on. Thank you to the reader who pointed that out to me.