President Luis Guillermo Solís will meet Monday with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington D.C. to talk about security, migration and green energy.
Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — recorded a total of 17,422 murders in 2015, 11 percent higher than for 2014, according to preliminary police tallies.
Costa Rica is increasingly a destination for refugees from the Northern Triangle countries. Last year, according to U.N. data, Costa Rica received more asylum applications from Salvadorans than Colombians for the first time ever.
Flares of violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle have sparked a sudden rush of migrants seeking refugee status in Costa Rica, according to Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez. In the face of this rush, immigration officials have been working to reactivate its long-lauded refugee system after no refugee applications were granted in 2014.
Barack Obama’s administration has asked the U.S. Congress to approve $1 billion in funding for Central America to bolster security and stem illegal immigration into the U.S. from its southern neighbors.
Customs offices are scheduled to be removed along the two countries’ shared border in December of this year. Authorities and business leaders hope the move will cut costs and speed up transportation of goods throughout the region.