June 2nd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The number of Nicaraguans coming to live and work in Costa Rica has increased by about 20% in recent years, the Costa Rican ambassador in Managua, Javier Sancho Bonilla told the EFE news agency last week.
Since December 11th of last year, the Costa Rican consulate in Managua has issued nearly 150,000 visas to Costa Rica-bound Nicaraguans, the vast majority who come to the country for employment purposes, according to Bonilla.
Bonilla said the majority of Nicaraguan immigrants come to work in agriculture.
Between 300,000 and 500,000 Nicaraguans live in Costa Rica, the majority of whom are engaged in domestic, agricultural, or construction work, according to a number of official sources.
Costa Rica’s consulate in Managua issues between 700 and 800 visas daily during the low season, and as many as 2,000 to 3,000 per day during the high season, according to Bonilla.