Immigration to Honduras

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Immigration to Honduras. This is about immigration to Honduras, a country in Central America that is known for a largely mestizo (mixed Spanish-Amerindian) majority.


The Football War of 1969 was begun in part because immigrants from El Salvador had their land taken from them as part of a land reform law and redistributed to native born Hondurans. The war was short and was resolved by diplomacy in a peace treaty to resolve the problems, in regards to historic border disputes between the two countries and illegal immigration of poor Salvadorians.

The period from 1970 to 2000 was when people from across Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama migrated to Honduras, when the country was surrounded by civil wars occurring in neighboring nations. The trend peaked during the late 90's, when the immigrants' land property rights were neglected, land quality for farming was in poor shape and the countries' economic profiles was not well.

Small waves of 19th-century and early 20th-century European immigration usually came from Spain, but some came from Germany, Italy, France, the former USSR (Russia) and Eastern Europe, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. Currently, Honduras attracts North Americans (i.e. the USA, Mexico and Canada) sought a cheaper retirement haven with a nice Caribbean climate and tourism in the coastal areas and the Bay Islands is profitable.

Immigration and ethnic business niches provided much needed prosperity to Honduras. Urban areas and cities such as San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba are among the most modern in Latin America. Large communities of Europeans, Arabs mostly from Lebanon and Syria, and Asians like Chinese, Japanese and Koreans developed many kinds of industries such as textiles and finance, in those cities. Many Middle Easterners and European descendants made it from small shop ownership to corporate operations in Honduras.

The capital and second largest city Tegucigalpa is also the hub of small but important European minorities and other immigrants made Honduras their home there. Local cuisine was influenced by tastes, ingredients and elements being indigenous and foreign/ethnic (i.e. Chinese culinary influences due to the many Chinese residents there).

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