Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

Migrant children, seen at a shelter in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, on the border with NicaraguaSan José (AFP) – Costa Rica saw an “unprecedented” migratory flow into the country this year, with tens of thousands of mainly Cubans, Haitians and Africans seeking passage to the United States, the government said. Most of them arrived this year, though up to 8,000 were Cubans who became stranded in Costa Rica in late 2015 when neighboring Nicaragua closed its border to them. Costa Rica eventually organized flights in early 2016 to let them skip over Nicaragua and make their way to the US border.

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