Because the main migratory corridors in the region are northbound towards the USA, Costa Rica is a key passage area along the Central American route. Costa Rica, similarly to other countries in the region, is also a country of origin with an estimated 3% of its population living abroad, mainly in the USA.
In 2020, the Ministry of Governance and Police of Costa Rica, through its General Directorate for Migration and Immigration, together with the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, have requested support from MIEUX+ to strengthen Costa Rica’s comprehensive response to protect and assist migrant populations, especially during crises, such as the COVID-19 emergency.
This Action is centered on the development of an interinstitutional coordination protocol of the DGME for the assistance and protection of migrants in mixed migratory flows during emergency or migratory crisis situations, as well as the development of training course on migration and health for officers of the Ministry of Health. The proposed activities are designed to create a learning space, allowing the experts and participants to share experience on best practices in the stated migration fields, as well as bringing together the national Costa Rican authorities working towards unified objectives.