RET started activities in Costa Rica in October 2010, with a vision of consolidating protective environments for the social inclusion of refugee populations.
Costa Rica has the largest proportion of refugees in Central America, predominantly from Colombia, but also Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, as well as Cuba and Venezuela.
The most recent influx of Nicaraguan refugees, is due to political instability and rising violence in the country. This displacement into Costa Rica creates great challenges within the country, and the Costa Rican community is showing signs of xenophobia and violence. Asylum seekers, migrants, as well as the local population, are facing major risks and have become vulnerable to violence.
RET in Costa Rica implements projects responding to violence linked to drug trafficking, the prevention of bullying and sexual violence, and promotes the development of vulnerable young people by facilitating their participation and integration in the formal education system. Additionally, RET provides holistic programs answering the specific social and economic integration needs of refugees and asylum seekers as well as strengthening their emotional health.