Vice Minister Urges Approval of
New Immigration Law
According to Miguel Ángel
Quesada Niño, Vice Ministro de
Gobernación and Presidente del
Consejo de Migración, the "Ley
de Migración y Extranjería"
which is now before the
Legislative Assembly is stalled
due to social and structural
Since 1970, things have changed.
Costa Rica wasn't a destination
place as it is now, with a large
migratory flow. The war in
Nicaragua and the instability in
other Central and South American
countries have made stable Costa
Rica attractive to many.
Costa Rica has the most stable
economy in Central America. As
an example, the Producto Interno
Bruto (PIB) - Gross National
Product of Costa Rica - is
around us$4.300, while that of
Nicaragua is about us$400. The
other Central American countries
are about the same.
"Like the dream of many Ticos to
go to the United States has been
realized, today in Latin
America,Costa Rica is one of
those countries, where people
can come to realize their
dreams", said Quesada Niño.
The high level of "coyotage" -
the trafficking of humans - is a
concern and is urging the need
to strengthen Costa Rica's
immigration laws to ensure that
those migrating to Costa Rica,
be it a tourist, investor or
retiree, carry proper
documentation for their purpose
The Vice Minister said that
tourism is an economic boom to
many countries around the world.
Tourism generates tax revenue
and Costa Rica needs to
stimulate tourism, however,
Costa Rica can't act as if it
were a 'rich' country and needs
to have a system in place to
filter the flow of those coming
into Costa Rica.
Tourists and investors who come
to Costa Rica are important to
the economic growth of the
country, but we have to know who
is coming and for why, said the
"We cannot be blind to the fact
that country is a bridge to
international drug trafficking,
which forces us to modernize.
However, we don't have the
financial resources, nor the
structure or the law to respond
to the need."
The passing of the Ley de
Migración y Extranjería,
according to Quesada Niño, will
allow the country to tackle