The good news was published this Thursday, November 12th by the Ministry of the Interior and Police and the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, under resolution number DJUR-0164-10-2020-JM. From now on, the temporary special category comes into force as a complementary protection system for humanitarian reasons. It offers the possibility of legally staying in the country and carrying out work activities to Venezuelan citizens, who were denied recognition of refugee status and are in a situation of vulnerability.
“We are deeply grateful to the Government of Costa Rica on behalf of the vulnerable Venezuelan migrant population for the resolution that establishes the creation of the temporary special category of complementary protection. It is a highly humanitarian, solidarian decision and in accordance with respect for human rights and that demonstrates the sensitivity of the Costa Rican brothers to the drama experienced by all those who have had to flee their country hard hit by a totalitarian regime and a humanitarian crisis.” said the ambassador of the legitimate Government of Venezuela, María Faría.
This resolution in accordance with the provisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, with this complementary protection measure for Venezuelans, but also hundreds of Nicaraguans and Cubans, Costa Rica undertakes “not to return them to the territory of another country where their life, freedom, security or integrity would be threatened ”.
For the diplomatic representative, in this resolution they see materialized “a very important achievement, a resolution that dignifies the condition of hundreds of people who will now have the possibility of concretizing their labor insertion, in addition to having access to education and health.”
All those nationals that have been denied their request for refugee status issued since January 1st, 2016 and who remain regularly or irregularly in Costa Rican territory until before March 18th, 2020, may opt for temporary protection. This resolution applies until January 2021.
“The Venezuelans who benefit from the protection measure will have the opportunity to show that they have come to contribute to development in every sense of the country that welcomes them. We call on international agencies that help migrants to support Costa Rica with the necessary resources to allow it to provide assistance to the foreign population in vulnerable conditions,” said Faría.
The Ambassador concluded by reiterating her commitment to the Costa Rican authorities: “From the diplomatic mission of the legitimate government of President Juan Guaidó, we will continue to work hand in hand with you so that Venezuelan migration is organized, safe and represents a great added value for Costa Rica and we know that we have their full support to achieve the freedom of Venezuela and the rebirth of democracy ”.
En una sola palabra expresaré el sentimiento de todos mis conciudadanos a quienes se les había denegado su solicitud de refugio y que a partir de hoy su condición legal les permitirá demostrar que están en Costa Rica para hacer las cosas bien:
¡Gracias! 🇨🇷 @MigracionCR #12Nov https://t.co/EQYtfLJ7Ra
— Maria A Faria F (@Mandyfaria26) November 12, 2020
#12Nov Gobierno de Costa Rica concede Categoría Especial de Protección Temporal Complementaria a ciudadanos venezolanos, nicaragüenses y cubanos a quienes se les denegó su solicitud de refugio.
— Embajada de Venezuela en Costa Rica (@EmbajadaVzlaCR) November 12, 2020