Costa Rica: General Directorate of Migration and Aliens mentions joint work with IOM at the United Nations Migration Network

Costa Rica
7 July, 2021


The General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME) made important mention of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the forum "Advances in Costa Rica for a Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration" where representatives of the agencies of the United Nations Migration Network for Costa Rica participated virtually.


The forum presented the progress in the implementation of initiatives at the national level for the period 2018 - 2022. Costa Rica being a country of origin, transit and destination of migrants, the DGME recognized the work conducted in conjunction with IOM especially with the initiatives developed through the Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.


"The main objective of this event is to share a discussion about the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration in Costa Rica, the contribution made to the government and the implementation of its 23 objectives. Forums like this one are fundamental for a better management of migration, ensuring that it is orderly, safe and humane," said Francisco Furlani, Officer in Charge of IOM in Costa Rica.


"Advances in migration traceability for the entry of indigenous migrants in coffee harvests were presented, as well as the communication campaign that first implemented the communication for development methodology in the community of La Carpio," said Jennifer Becerra, National Project Support Officer.


In the uncertain and changing historical context that the world has experienced due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, IOM’s concrete advances and actions directed to migrants were shown. These initiatives create a model of inter-institutional coordination and the United Nations Migration Network, which guarantees assistance and protection of mixed migratory flows in national territory.

  • The Migration Traceability System (SITLAM) for the protection of labor and labor rights of national and foreign workers in Costa Rica.
  • Communication for Development (C4D), in the community of La Carpio, San Jose Costa Rica, promoting the migration regularization by link with Costa Rican.


The event was attended by Mrs. Allegra Baiocchi, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Costa Rica, Mr. Francisco Furlani, Officer in Charge of IOM in Costa Rica, Daguer Hernandez, Deputy Director General of Migration and Aliens and Mrs. Priscilla Zúñiga, Vice Minister of Interior and Police. The participants highlighted the attention provided to the migrant population generating institutional coordination instruments with the support of United Nations Agencies to address the crisis generated by COVID-19.


"We thank the United Nations System for everything it has contributed to Costa Rica, to migrants, to their integration and in compliance with the objectives of the pact. Thank you very much, we ask you to continue with this work; it is a work that shall not end, but every day we will continue to contribute a grain of sand to settle our debts," concluded Hernandez.