United States and UNHCR Donate Vans to Assist Refugees

The U.S. Embassy and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated two equipped vans to serve people who have applied for refugee status but are unable to continue in-person service at designated UNHCR centers.

The Costa Rican General Migration Directorate will use the vehicles to provide services in communities that are difficult to access, especially to elderly people and users with disabilities.

The vans are equipped with anti-slip flooring, an electrical generator, an access ramp, and safety handrails. The vehicles are valued at USD $175,000.

2 people sitting in a narrow place inside a van
Minister Mario Zamora and Ambassador Cynthia Telles

“The donation of these mobile units is another very good example of the sustained support the United States provides to Costa Rica and UNHCR to address the needs of refugees and to help them rebuild their lives,” said U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles.

Between the fiscal years of 2017 and 2022, the United States has provided more than USD $55 million to organizations that work with migrants in Costa Rica.