1,500 refugees and counting working to settle in Belize: report

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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2016. 2:41 p.m. CST

help for hopeBy Aaron Humes: Reports say there is a refugee asylum registration process on going in Belize, administered by the foreign organization Help for Progress.

According to unconfirmed reports in local media, some 1,500 persons have registered since January. On Friday and for several weeks now, there have been long lines at the local office in Belmopan.

However, the organization’s local members have directed requests for comment to the head office in Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, they insist that all they are doing is legal and with the permission of the Government of Belize.

Most of the refugees signed up are from other countries in Central America – there are no indications of how many may be from Guatemala – and they say they are fleeing their countries due to threats from gangs.

Most are settling in known communities of immigrants including Valley of Peace and Armenia in Cayo and Bella Vista on the Stann Creek and Toledo border.

We will continue to follow this story.

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