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.
Promotion of Refugees and Migrants Rights in Costa Rica
The project provided a capacity strengthening of public institutions to promote, support, and safeguard migrants’ rights in San José, Costa Rica.
RET identified the needs of public officials facing inter-institutional management challenges in public institutions in the GAM region by helping them build a strategic articulation network to facilitate access to refugee rights and train their peers in various workspaces.
RET has developed several ‘alternative’ programs to guarantee adolescents, youth, and their families have access to fundamental human rights in different settings, during conflicts, post-conflicts, and in fragile contexts. All these initiatives have promoted not only the understanding and fulfillment of rights by concerned groups but also the strengthening of the institution’s functions to observe human rights.
This project, implemented between October 2018 and March 2019, was funded by the German Embassy in Costa Rica and implemented by RET in Costa Rica.