Poverty rate:


out of the total population.


  • Sending country: About 801,000 Hondurans, or 8.35% of its population, reside abroad mainly in the US (82%), Spain (7.2%), and Mexico (2%). 

  • Destination country: Around 39,000 immigrants or 0.41% of the total population live in Honduras. The main countries of origin are El Salvador (23%), Nicaragua (20.27%), and the US (18%).

  • Transit country: Salvadoran migrants, and to a lesser extent Nicaraguan migrants and migrants from Caribbean, South American, Asian, and African countries  transit Honduras en route to the US.  

  • Host country for refugees: In October 2019, Honduras signed an agreement to be a “Safe Third Country” to receive and protect asylum seekers from Cuba and Nicaraguan seeking to reach the US.






* Weekly data update



  • Border closures and increased surveillance measures.

  • Honduras signs an agreement with the US to be a “Safe Third Country”, but asylum claims determination procedures are suspended due to the pandemic. 

  • Border security is increased to prevent transit of irregularized migrants.

  • Honduras and Nicaragua established the Regional Contingency Plan in which they plan to manage migration flows and implement security measures during the pandemic. 

  • The Emergency Operations Commission (COE) was activated within the tourist, migration and customs institutions. The Commission implements measures of surveillance of travelers to prevent the spread of  COVID-19 across borders.

  • Migration offices remain closed due to quarantine, except for cargo transportation and supplies for the population.

  • Immigration authorities reinforced border control to stop the movement of Salvadorans.

  • Cooperation agreements continued to receive Honduran deportees from the US during the pandemic.

  • A Temporary Isolation Center is set up for Hondurans deported from Mexico and/or the US so they can socially distance and stay in quarantine for 2 weeks.

  • So far, no explicit measures have been taken to support Honduran migrants abroad.

*For more detail go to the digital achieve that we created:

In mid-March 2020, nearly every country on the continent declared a health emergency. These countries closed their borders and adopted a series of exceptional measures, arguing that forced immobility as a  solution to contain the virus. Following the shutdown of borders,  more than 30 researchers from the Americas, interested in analyzing the migratory question politically, organized virtually and began to consider the particular situation of millions of migrants, women, men, children and adolescents, from the continent and/or from other latitudes, all of whom are mobile and in transit.

Original Concept: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston

General Coordination:Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston & Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University

Research, Systematization and Development of Contents: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston;  Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University; Lucía Pérez-Martínez, FLACSO-Ecuador; Mónica Salmon, New School for Social Research; Sebastián León,  Rutgers University.

Coordination polyphonic map: Iréri Ceja Cárdenas: Museo Nacional/ Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro

Project Advisor: Nicholas De Genova, Universidad of Houston.


Translation team Spanish - English: 

Soledad Álvarez Velasco, Mónica Salmón, Ulla Berg, Luin Goldring, Tanya Basok, Ingrid Carlson, Gabrielle Cabrera.

Translation team Spanish - Portuguese: 

Iréri Ceja, Gustavo Dias, Gislene Santos, Elisa Colares, Handerson Joseph, Caio Fernandes, María Villarreal.

Website Design and Development:  ACHU! Studio; Francisco Hurtado Caicedo, Social Observatory of Ecuador

Photography: David Gustafsson y Cynthia Briones.

Video: David Gustafsson.

Some of the researchers of this project are members of these CLACSO Working Groups

English translation and proofreading by Gabrielle Cabrera, Rutgers University.

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