Costa Rica

How to apply for asylum in Costa Rica?

How to apply for asylum in Costa Rica?

For information regarding the asylum in Costa Rica you can visit:

  • Costa Rican information for refugees and asylum seekers – help.unhcr.org
  • Visit for legislation, case law, and UNHCR policy on claims for international protection- Refworld.

Is Costa Rica a welcoming country for refugees?

Costa Rica has a long history of providing refuge and protection to refugees and asylum seekers. However, as a result of displacement situations in the region, particularly Nicaragua, its national asylum system is under strain.

Is Costa Rica a welcoming country for refugees?

Costa Rica has a long history of providing refuge and protection to refugees and asylum seekers. However, as a result of displacement situations in the region, particularly Nicaragua, its national asylum system is under strain.

UNHCR’s in Costa Rica

According to UNHCR, 12,654 refugee asylum applications were received in Costa Rica in 2020. The majority of them were from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela. A total of 6,882 initial application decisions have been made. Around half of those polled responded positively. In the first instance, 50% of asylum applications were denied. The applications of refugees from Burundi and Nicaragua have been the most successful.

The UNHCR’s operation in Costa Rica is focused on the displacement caused by situations in Central America’s north, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Costa Rica will host 121,983 people of concern in 2020, including 9,613 refugees and 89,770 asylum seekers.

The country has seen a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers, primarily from Nicaragua and Venezuela, since 2017.

UNHCR expanded its operations in 2018 by opening a Field Office in Upala, near the Nicaraguan border. As part of our work, UNHCR assists the Costa Rican government in responding to the influx of Nicaraguan asylum seekers.

UNHCR Costa Rica also participates in regional multilateral platforms such as MIRPS through Costa Rica’s National Chapter of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Plan (locally known as MINARE) and the R4V platform, a joint platform with IOM to address the situation of Venezuelans living in Costa Rica.

UNHCR Costa Rica also participates in regional multilateral platforms such as MIRPS through Costa Rica’s National Chapter of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Plan (locally known as MINARE) and the platform R4V, a joint platform with IOM to respond to the situation of Venezuelans living in Costa Rica.

 

42 Views