Immigration official at U.N. seeking funds for immigrants

A Costa Rica immigration official was at the United Nations in New York Thursday seeking financial assistance to offset the cost of the estimated 390,000 foreigners who live in Costa Rica.

The session was devoted to immigration issues.

The official Freddy Montero Mora, vice minister of Gobernación y Policía, suggested that an international fund be created to help Costa Rica pay the costs of these immigrants. He cited the cost of education, health and similar.

Another mechanism could be a reduction or subsidy for the interest costs on the country’s external debt, according to a summary of his talk by the Ministerio de  Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

He noted that Costa Rica is a middle income country and is not a priority for international donors.

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