U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2004 - Honduras
|Publisher||United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants|
|Publication Date||25 May 2004|
|Cite as||United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2004 - Honduras , 25 May 2004, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/40b4593cc.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
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Some 1,140 Hondurans sought refuge abroad in 2003, including 1,100 in the United States, 250 in Canada, and 50 in Belize.
Honduras received about 70 asylum applications during the year, approved 5, denied 47, and closed the rest, mostly because applicants moved on to other countries. It hosted 20 refugees and asylum seekers.
Authorities continued to detain undocumented asylum seekers and to screen for claims they deemed manifestly unfounded. They could release those who passed this test to a non-governmental organization working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR consulted with the government on the drafting of a new migration law, including a chapter on refugees. Currently the country relies on an ad hoc procedure. The new law was passed in December 2003, but had not yet entered into force by year-end.