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UN Refugee Agency Alarmed About Rise in People Fleeing Central America

The U.N. refugee agency expresses alarm at what it says is a significant increase in the number of people fleeing violence and persecution in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The agency reports more than 294,000 asylum seekers and refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador were forced to flee their homes in 2017, a 58 percent increase from the previous year. It says the vast majority have fled to Belize, Mexico, and the United States, and increasingly to Costa Rica and...

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