Two hurricanes that hit Central America in November 2020 contributed to the larger-than-usual wave of immigrants currently seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, experts say. Experts believe that worsening hurricanes in the future may create even more “climate refugees” seeking better living conditions in the United States. Hurricanes Eta and Iota—two Category 4 hurricanes that hit Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala within two weeks during November 2020—left an estimated 5.3 million people in the region without homes, possessions, jobs or access to water and social services. These estimates were provided to Vox by Laurent Duvillier, a spokesperson for the Latin America and Caribbean regional office of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization which provides humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. “Many families have nothing to go back to and are now left with little options to survive,” Duvillier said. “Unless more humanitarian support is provided to Central American countries affected by these tropical storms, unless conditions are created in communities for people to be able to stay, it is expected that more families will migrate north in search for a better future for their children.” Hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to become more frequent… Read full this story
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