Nicaraguan fugitives strain Costa Rica’s asylum system | app

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — After four years of trying to pursue his education in Nicaragua, Elton Rivera has finally come to the same conclusion as thousands of his countrymen. The government closed his university, his director told him he was going into exile and warned that the police were also coming for Rivera.

Rivera inspected the various safe houses he used after his arrest in 2018 and found that there was no one left who had sheltered him. “The only option is to go to Costa Rica, which is the closest I have and where I have the most contacts,” he said. He snuck out of Nicaragua along a trail over a mountain in February and quickly caught a bus to San Jose.

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