United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Committee for Refugees World Refugee Survey 2004 - Bolivia
, 25 May 2004, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/40b459340.html [accessed 12 December 2013]
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Bolivia hosted approximately 530 refugees and asylum seekers at the end of 2003. Bolivia granted refugee status to five people during the year and denied the applications of eighteen others. Approximately 190 Bolivians were refugees or asylum seekers abroad.
President Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada resigned in October after huge and increasingly violent protests in which dozens of people died. The protests began in September in opposition to a plan to export natural gas to the United States and to U.S.-backed coca eradication policies, but later focused on poor economic conditions and policies.