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Legislator Urges Government To Enforce Fine For Illegals Overstaying Their Welcome In Costa Rica

The Ley General de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration Law) establishes a fine of US$100 for each month a foreigner overstays their visa period in Costa Rica. However, the collection of the fine was never implemented from the getgo in 2014 and continues currently suspended. But why? According...

Tourists Would Have To Verify Carrying At Least $500 To Enter Costa Rica

Legislator Shirley Díaz of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) proposed that all persons entering Costa Rica on a tourist visa, demonstrate the minimum carrying of US$500 either in cash or by credit or debit card. The proposal is a preventive measure against any possible...

Tica In America Illegally, and Employed by Trump

Sandra Diaz, 46, worked as a maid at the golf club owned by President Donald Trump, located in Bedminster, New Jersey, while in "an irregular" immigration status, that is, she was in the U.S. without papers. The Costa Rican woman who is now a legal...

Aspects of Nicaraguan Migration in Costa Rica

The report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) describes the historical evolution of migration to Costa Rica, focusing mainly on the Nicaragua-Costa Rica flow that represents the majority of the migratory flow to the region. The main results obtained are: i) complementarity in the...

Costa Rica gets international help to strengthen migrant care

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will expand the technical and financial cooperation offered to the immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)  with the aim of strengthening its services to the public, given the increase in the number of...

Carlos Alvarado assures that Costa Rica has the necessary resources to guarantee a safe and orderly immigration control

On national television, Sunday night, President Carlos Alvarado, assured that the Government has allocated the necessary resources to guarantee a safe, orderly and registered migratory control. In the message, the president called for peace, calm and to act prudently and sensibly, following the xenophobic demonstrations...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Nicaragua: Remittances Could Alleviate Possible Blows To The Economy

Nicaragua received US$353 million of remittances in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN), a 9.3% increase over the first quarter of 2017, when they totaled US$323.3 million. In January of this year, family remittances generated US$112.9 million (10.58%...

Presidents of Costa Rica and Panama Promote Bilateral Long-term State Policy

With the vision of strengthening the bilateral long-term State policy, the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, generated agreements on security, migration, trade and customs modernization. The bilateral meeting, which took place this Wednesday,...

The World is Losing the Battle Against Child Labour

BUENOS AIRES, (IPS) - The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good intentions but nothing to celebrate. Child labour is declining far too slowly, in...

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America

(IPS) - The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

60 Central America Migrants Found in Freezing Truck in Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 60 migrants from Central America packed into a frozen food truck at a South Texas border checkpoint. A number of the migrants wore hooded jackets and trousers as they lay flat on sheets of ice, according to BBC...

Potential Net Migration Index Falls in Middle East, Latin America

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- People's desire to migrate permanently to other countries rebounded slightly between 2013 and 2016, but Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI) shows adult populations would continue to grow only in Northern America, Europe (European Union and non-EU countries), and Australia, New...

Peru Gives Visas To Thousands of Crisis-Weary Venezuelans

Opposition supporters take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. Thomson ReutersTODAY VENEZUELA (Reuters) Peru has created a temporary visa that will allow thousands of Venezuelans to work and study in the country, part of a...

The Trump Effect on Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) To the surprise of many Donald Trump won "bigly" the presidency of the United States.  In Costa Rica, the big question is how will a Trump presidency affect Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, especially when it comes to trade, jobs,...

U.S. Should End Special Treatment For Cubans, Says Costa Rica Foreign Minister

(QCOSTARICA) In Washington this week, Costa Rica's Foreign Minister called on the United States to do away with the Cuban Adjustment Act, ending the special treatment of Cubans who travel through South and Central America to reach the U.S. Manuel González said this week in...

Costa Rica President Solis Keeps Pope Francis Waiting

QCOSTARICA - Pope Francis got on Friday first hand experience of "tico time" from none other than President Luis Guillermo Solis,  arriving 20 minutes late for his scheduled meeting at the Vatican. Solis blamed his tardiness on a "misunderstanding between the Vatican and the Costa...

U.S. Plans Mass Deportations of Central American Immigrants

Q24N - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of undocumented Central American immigrant families, says The Washington Post. Early in 2016,  the nationwide campaign is to be carried out by U.S....

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