Status
Concluded
Start - End
2019 - 2022
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This project, now concluded, was formally called “Strengthening the capacities of the government of Costa Rica and host communities for the reception and integration of Nicaraguan migrants and refugees.”

Costa Rica has maintained a faithful tradition of protecting migrants, asylum seekers and refugees over time. Despite the challenges that receiving more than 70 thousand requests for recognition of refugee status during 2018 and 2019 has represented for Costa Rica, it has reaffirmed its commitment to being a humanitarian country, integrating this population, with full opening of its health and education social services. In this sense, Costa Rica has developed firm and concrete actions to receive, care for and integrate migrants and refugees under a human rights approach, and has faced the pressures that its systems have received. To support these efforts, the OAS General Secretariat implemented this project to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Government of Costa Rica and host communities to facilitate the successful reception and integration of Nicaraguan migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. This project provided Costa Rica:

1) Recommendations to national and sub-national authorities regarding the reception and integration of migrants and refugees that allow the Costa Rican authorities to address these realities;

2) Knowledge to government officials and members of receiving communities regarding the reception and integration of migrants and refugees to provide better care to these populations; and

3) Alternatives for socioeconomic integration for migrants and refugees and members of the host community.

 

Objectives

Strengthen the institutional capacity of the government of Costa Rica and host communities to facilitate the successful reception and integration of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, particularly Nicaraguans. 

Activities
  • Preparation of the Report “Costa Rica: Characterization and Analysis of Policies on International Migration and Refugees” prepared by the Department of Social Inclusion
  • Holding virtual community meetings with migrants and refugees.
  • Training workshops for government officials.
  • Training for Nicaraguan entrepreneurs. 

Beneficiary Countries
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
More Publications
Publications
white cover with a map of Costa Rica formed by images of people
January, 2020
Costa Rica Report: Characterization and Analysis of Policies on International Migration and Refugees
This report is only available in Spanish
Team
Claudia González Bengoa
Chief, Migration and Forced Displacement Section
Sarah Meneses
Technical Assistant
Strategic Partners