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Nicaragua’s crisis is increasing migration to Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The increase in the Nicaragua crisis is already generating a migratory pressure in Costa Rica, said Vice President Epsy Campbell.

This increase in immigrants has been obvious at the Costa Rican borders and consulate offices. According to the vice president, the consulate is processing between 600 and 700 applications for new visas daily. In addition, an average of 150 Nicaraguans cross the border for the first time every day.

"This increase could generate a crisis in Costa Rica, but by the moment we are dealing with it," Campbell said after the government officials’ meeting Thursday.

The vice president added that the government is already requesting support from international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the Pan American Health Organization and the embassies other nations have here in Costa Rica.

The vice president also added that nearly $200,000 has already been received to deal with the issue of migrants seeking refuge. Currently, 60 refugees are staying in two shelters, one in the northern zone and the other in Golfito. These two hostels have a capacity for 2,000 people.

Campbell mentioned the positive support received for the government proposal which was made to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.


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  Three months of protests has left more than 350 dead
and more than 1800 injured.


This proposal condemns the violations of human rights in Nicaragua, demands the identification of those responsible for the violence and demands a halt to the Nicaraguan police attacks against the people.

Costa Rica's proposal had 21 votes in favor and only 3 against. those from Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Saint Vincent in the Grenadines Islands.


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