Refugee numbers from Central America soar
THE NUMBER of people fleeing violence in Central America is now as great as during the armed conflicts of the 1980s.
The UN Refugee Agency said on Monday that the number of refugees from the region has increased since 2015, with asylum seekers from El Salvador nearly doubling from 18 900 the previous year to 33 600 last year, making it the country in the area with the most people fleeing.
The majority of those leaving attempt to migrate to the US, with 52% of asylum seekers entering the country from Mexico and Central America.
The US also made the list as the second-largest recipient of new asylum applications last year with 262 000.
This figure was 52% higher than the previous year, when 172 700 claims were made. teleSUR