The Political Situation in Nicaragua and International Migration from the Crisis

Photo of the Placita de comidas típicas en Monimbó, Masaya Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The following is a presentation from the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program that provides a robust overview of Nicaraguan migration in recent years, its drivers, and its impacts. Data indicates that Nicaraguans left the country in large numbers last year due to combined economic and political factors. The intention to migrate correlates directly and indirectly with political conditions. The research also finds that around 46 percent of households in Nicaragua receive remittances, however remittance growth historically tends to decelerate over time as the diaspora grows. While Nicaraguans abroad are sending their compatriots financial support in record amounts, Nicaragua’s economy remains stagnant and lacks growth in productivity.



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