Costa Rica Will Protect Refugees

San Jose – July 26, 2016

UNHCR representative in Costa Rica Carlos Maldonado and Minister of Presidency Sergio Alfaro announced Costa Rica’s incorporation to the protection transfer arrangement (PTA)
UNHCR representative in Costa Rica Carlos Maldonado and Minister of Presidency Sergio Alfaro announced Costa Rica’s incorporation to the protection transfer arrangement (PTA)

The Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge.

Through coordination with UNHCR and IOM, the United States government will pre-screen vulnerable applicants from the region seeking protection. After pre-screening, this arrangement will allow UNHCR and IOM to transfer applicants most in need of immediate protection to Costa Rica, where they will undergo refugee processing before being resettled to the United States or another third country.

The United States applauds Costa Rica’s consistent leadership on human rights and demonstrated capacity as a capable partner in addressing this regional migration challenge.