To cope with the challenges related to being a destination country in the region, Costa Rica has started to shift its migration policy from one of enforcement to one of integration. It approved the National Integral Policy on Migration (2013-2023) and adopted its first National Integration Plan (NIP) for the period 2013-2017, developed with the support of MIEUX.
In 2016, the Directorate General of Migration and Immigration (DGME) requested MIEUX’s support for the development of the second NIP (2018-2022) including a roadmap for its implementation, as well as a monitoring and evaluation plan.
This provided an opportunity to evaluate the achievements of the previous NIP, and to this end a Report on the Migratory Context of Costa Rica (2017) was produced. DGME officials strengthened their capacities by exchanging with MIEUX experts on topics related to xenophobia, racism, vulnerable migrants, labour market integration, health, and education and a study visit to Spain. Overall these capacity building activities facilitated an inclusive and participatory drafting process of the second NIP, led by the DGME with the support of the MIEUX experts.