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U.S. trains Costa Rican companies on immigrant's rights

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Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), provides free training in Costa Rica on the rights of immigrants working in the tourism industry.

According to the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), the program is designed to help entrepreneurs effectively integrate immigrants into their businesses and communities.

USAID, the autonomous agency of the United States government principally responsible for delivering civilian foreign aid and development assistance, expects that this training would ensure the long-term improvement of the tourism sector in Costa Rica.

According to USAID, tourist enterprises must adhere to high standards in all operations, including labor partnerships.

Given the widespread presence of immigrants in tourism activities around the country, an effective hiring procedure for these individuals is critical, according to the IOM, a United Nations-related organization in the field of migration.

The training will cover basic concepts about migration, human rights, the migratory context in Costa Rica, ethical hiring practices, migratory categories, immigrants in vulnerable situations and the importance of signing agreements and promoting commitments from the tourism sector to integrate immigrants into society.

"These type of initiatives aims to raise awareness in the business sector and encourage the adoption of inclusive and ethical labor practices that benefit private companies, immigrants, and host communities in Costa Rica, following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Migration, according to Diana Cartier, IOM representative in Costa Rica.

The training sessions are scheduled for three hours each. These will be taught beginning Wednesday, June 5, in the following regions: San Carlos in Alajuela Province, Liberia in Guanacaste Province, Limón City in Limón Province, Jacó Beach in Puntarenas Province, Heredia City in Heredia Province, and San José City in San José Province.

The training is free of charge for CANATUR-affiliated tourist business owners. Those interested in learning more about the program should call the Business Alliance for Development line 4001-6698.

As of April 2024, Costa Rica has deported 350 immigrant people, according to statistics from the General Directorate of Migration.  These people were deported for committing crimes either in Costa Rica or in their homeland, their tourist visa was revoked or because they had criminal records that were considered dangerous, putting the security of the country at risk.

In response to The Times Journal's story about new groups of immigrants in Costa Rica,  President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles stated that the government has no arrangement to offer asylum to African migrants, who are seeking protection in the United Kingdom.

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