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QCOSTARICA (Reuters) Costa Rica is readying a plan to regularize the status of some 200,000 migrants, largely from Costa Rica’s northern neighbor Nicaragua, authorities told Reuters on Wednesday.

Migrants, mostly Nicaraguans, sit at a migration facility while waiting for an interview with government officials to request asylum in Costa Rica due to the political situation in their country, in San Jose, Costa Rica January 10, 2022. REUTERS/Mayela Lopez

The plan aims to formally include the migrants in the jobs market and healthcare system, the director of Costa Rica’s immigration service, Dirección de Migración y Extranjería (DGME),  Marlen Luna told Reuters.

The DGME is still studying how to implement the plan.

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An influx of people fleeing Nicaragua saw asylum requests in Costa Rica reach a record 60,000 last year, but migration officials believe this could climb to 80,000 in 2022.

Migrants, mostly Nicaraguans, queue to enter a migration facility to request asylum in Costa Rica due to the political situation in their country, in San Jose, Costa Rica January 10, 2022. REUTERS/Mayela Lopez

Requests for asylum surged late last year after Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega won a fourth consecutive term in office. Critics have accused his administration of political repression and human rights abuses in the wake of a wave of anti-government protests in 2018.

“We are preparing a plan in response to our inability to handle this extreme number of requests,” Luna said, noting the asylum requests would take nine years to process through normal channels.

Costa Rica, one of Central America’s most affluent and stable countries, has called for support from the international community.

Nicaraguan migrants make up some 90% of applications for refugee status in Costa Rica and represent 11.5% of Costa Rica’s 5.2 million inhabitants.

(Reporting by Alvaro Murillo; Writing by Sarah Morland; Editing by Jackie Botts and Rosalba O’Brien)

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