Can Migrant-Friendly Costa Rica Handle an Influx of Nicaraguan Refugees?

A Nicaraguan refugee sits in a camp in a small town on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, La Cruz, Costa Rica, Aug. 10, 2018 (DPA photo by Carlos Herrera via AP Images).
A Nicaraguan refugee sits in a camp in a small town on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, La Cruz, Costa Rica, Aug. 10, 2018 (DPA photo by Carlos Herrera via AP Images).

The ongoing crackdown by security forces in Nicaragua against anti-government demonstrators has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded, causing many Nicaraguans to flee to neighboring Costa Rica. According to the Costa Rican government, around 17,000 Nicaraguans have presented asylum applications or have appointments to do so in the coming weeks, taxing the resources of a small country that has historically been friendly to migrants from Central America and beyond. In an email interview, Caitlin Fouratt, an anthropologist and professor at California State University, Long Beach who conducts research among migrants and refugees in Costa Rica, discusses the political, budgetary and […]

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