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Weekly Report - 18 January 2018 (WR-18-02)

EL SALVADOR: A bad week for relations with The White House

“A national emergency”. This is how Salvadorean online publication El Faro described the US government’s decision, announced last week, to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador which temporarily allows those fleeing countries afflicted by war or natural disasters to live and work legally in the US. In line with President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy, the move was not a surprise and followed similar decisions regarding Haiti and Nicaragua last year, with the decision on Honduras pending. However, it will have a particularly severe impact on El Salvador. There are 200,000 Salvadoreans in the US under TPS (compared with 50,000 Haitians and 2,500 Nicaraguans), while remittances accounted for some 16% of El Salvador’s GDP in 2017.

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