Latin America

What does the U.S.-Costa Rica migration deal really mean?

Cooperation between the countries may be a positive step, but it is far from providing lasting solutions

migration U.S. border official approaches a family entering the U.S. through the Mexican border with the Yuma region in Arizona. Photo: Ringo Chiu/Shutterstock
U.S. border official approaches a family entering the U.S. through the Mexican border with the Yuma region in Arizona. Photo: Ringo Chiu/Shutterstock

By multiple measures, Costa Rica can be described as the most stable nation in Central America. The country is that rare thing – a Latin American OECD member – and has spent more than 70 years without a military – a major factor behind political turmoil in multiple countries. As a consequence, it has historically managed to invest sizable chunks of its GDP in health and education, rather than defense.

For the U.S., Costa Rica is also a potentially powerful ally in containing illegal migration.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. and Costa Rica announced a joint Migration Arrangement,...

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