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Politics affect everything in our daily lives. They are the driving force in how society, economy, and everything flows. Considering that I am going to visit this gorgeous, breathtaking country, I was curious about any ongoing political events in the BEAUTIFUL Costa Rica.

After looking through some ongoing events, the article about Costa Rica providing aid for African migrants caught my attention.

Back in about April , Costa Rica prevented  hundreds of undocumented migrants from entering the country. They finally granted authorization for migrants to enter and be accepted into shelters. These migrants, majority being African and some coming from Dominican Republic, demanded permission to leave Costa Rica’s south border town. They had been repressed in continuing their journey through Mexico and Central America.  As the article, Blocked African migrants finally move to C. Rica,  states, “More than 600 irregular migrants…agreed to be peacefully transported to Campo Ferial in Paso Canoas”. Migrants were taken to the shelters and were interviewed and medically checked up before they were transferred to the southern towns of Rio Cio and Buenos Aries. After about 3,000 Cuban migrants  attempted  to cross,   both Costa Rica and Nicaragua obstructed entry of migrants without visas to prevent the number of Cubans traveling to the U.S.

 Although the title of this article highlights African migrants, the article’s major fixate on the Cuban migrants.

Similar to the focus of this article, CNN presented a more particular article,  Bound for U.S., Cuban migrants are stuck in Central America, on the Cuban migrants. The article opens with the introduction of Pavel Fernandez, a Cuban migrant  hoping to migrate to the U.S. Cuban migrants were stuck at Panama’s Northern border with Costa Rica where some of them were able to take a flight to Mexico. The article continues on how the number of Cuban migrants double up every year.  This article’s essential focus was on the process of Cubans settling into the shelters and their struggles migrating to their destination.

Another article, 600 US-bound Africans Stranded in Costa Rica After Officials Block Route focused on the African migrants. More than 600 Africans weren’t being permitted to enter Costa Rica to continue their journey to U.S. There was a build up of migrants in the border town Paso Canoas. Legally, Costa Rica can only hold migrants for 30 days where the government would either deport or release them. Similar to the previous articles, this article ends with details of 3,000 Cubans also not being accepted for entrance.

The last article  U.S. Pays to Feed and Shelter Cuban Migrants Stranded in Costa Rica, discuss how the U.S spend 1 million dollars to help feed migrants in the shelters. The article focused on Cubans attempting to migrate. The Costa Rican government was forced to open 29 shelters in schools, fire stations and other locations to provided safety for Cubans. Costa Rica’s former minister stated that they have spent 3 million dollars housing the Cuban migrants. This crisis had been using up Costa Rica’s resources. Many of the shelters were shut down as Cuban migrants carried on with their journey. Similar to the previous articles, this mentioned about  the Cuban migrants. This article differs from the previous two because the essential point was about the expenses of the shelters and how the U.S. was involved in helping with the migrate crisis.

I was really fascinated on how much aid Costa Rica provided for the migrants. What caught most of my attention was how much media publicized the Cuban migrants but not much for  the African or Dominican and other migrants. Every article that I looked at always mentioned or ended with the mentioning of Cuban migrants.

 Sources

https://www.yahoo.com/news/blocked-african-migrants-finally-move-c-rica-shelter-231915025.html

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/24/americas/cuban-migrant-crisis/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/22/600-us-bound-africans-stranded-costa-rica-block-migration-route

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/world/americas/us-pays-to-feed-and-shelter-cuban-migrants-in-costa-rica.html?_r=0

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