Refugees from Nicaragua

1,266 people from Nicaragua have fled in 2016 and applied for asylum in other countries. This corresponds to approximately 0.021% of all residents. The most destination countries hereof have been Panama, United States and Mexico. Overall, 71 percent of the asylum applications have been rejected. The most successful have been the refugees in the United States and in Mexico.

In a second listing below you find the refugees, who came from foreign countries and made their appication in Nicaragua.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Development of asylum applications from citizens from Nicaragua 2000 to 2016

The top line represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below there are the number of recognized refugees (green) and the rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications of refugees from Nicaragua

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2016. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptations or rejections) does not have to sum up with the number of applications, because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also they dont have to be closed within the same calendar year. In addition, asylum procedures can also be closed, if the applicant disappeared or withdrew the application.


New Applications



Destination appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
Panama 86600 000
United States 194260100.0 % 324146018.9 %
Mexico 7093023.1 % 000
Costa Rica 6694018.4 % 240120.0 %
Sweden 290280.0 % 1800
Spain 2000 000
Italy 10090.0 % 000
Australia 600 000
Belize 500 000
Totals 1,2664410729.1 % 366147216.3 %

Asylum applications of foreign refugees in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is not only a country from which many people escape. There are also refugees from other countries, who apply for asylum here and hope for a better future. Only in the year 2016 there have been 202 asylum applications from refugees of other countries.

New Applications



Origin appliedacceptedrejectedacceptance
El Salvador 19300 000
Honduras 900 000
Totals 20200 000

National migrant stock from 1995 to 2015

In 2015 a total of 40,262 migrants lived in Nicaragua. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The amount includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections of the United Nations Population Division.