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U.S. immigration plan in Costa Rica now includes Ecuadorians

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Published on Thursday, June 6, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States expanded its immigration Safe Mobility program (Movilidad Segura in Spanish), in Costa Rica to include Ecuadorians.

According to the U.S. Embassy, the program is one of the many ways the United States is easing access to lawful migration pathways to the U.S. and other partner countries from Costa Rica.

Safe Mobility is designed to help refugees, asylum seekers, stateless individuals, and migrants, "so individuals donít have to undertake dangerous journeys in search of safety and better opportunities," said the embassy in its statement.

The plan allows Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Ecuadorians living in Costa Rica, or before June 12, 2023, are eligible to submit a free application via the Safe Mobility website to be part of the program.

Individuals from the countries mentioned above will be allowed to travel in a regular, safe manner with the necessary guidance. The process is voluntary, free of charge, and the information shared is confidential, authorities added.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other organizations, are supporting the process. This aid program is free of charge.

Those interested in being part of the Safe Mobility program should reach the Call Center at the toll-free number 0800-032-0009 or +1 202 773 5974. 

According to IOM, the number of international migrants has increased over the past five decades. The total estimated 281 million people living in a country other than their countries of birth in 2020.

Europe and Asia each hosted around 87 and 86 million international migrants, respectively, comprising 61% of the global international migrant stock.

These regions were followed by North America, with almost 59 million international migrants in 2020 or 21% of the global migrant stock.

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