Nicaragua Migrants Strain US, Boost Home Economy, Sent Home $3B in ’22

The amount of remittance from Nicaraguans living outside of their troubled country surged by 50% sin 2022, a massive increase analysts attribute to the thousands of them who emigrated to the U.S. in the past two years.

  • Nicaraguans have been fleeing their country for the U.S. border amid their country’s government, led by Daniel Ortega, moves toward a more authoritarian leadership.
  • The surge of  Nicaraguan arrivals to the U.S. in 2021 was part of the reason the Biden administration said in January that it would start turning them away at the border if they did not first register online to make asylum petitions.
  • Last year’s huge jump in money coming into Nicaragua “can only be explained by the disproportionate increase in migrants,” Nicaraguan economist Enrique Sáenz said.