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IOM in Costa Rica

Costa Rica joined IOM as a Member State in December 1952, just a year after the founding of the organization. In 1954, IOM established its presence in the country. Since then, IOM Costa Rica has worked closely with the government of Costa Rica as well as with Costa Rican organizations and institutions to address the challenges posed by immigration in the country and more recently by the emigration of Costa Ricans.

Also, thanks to its vast experience in several fields, IOM Costa Rica has implemented various projects of regional scope, through the IOM Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean based in San Jose.

The Regional Office in San José:

  • Supervises, coordinates and supports the activities of IOM in the region.
  • Reviews and approves projects and project reports and provides technical support to country offices, particularly in the area of project development.
  • Plans and coordinates strategies and activities in the region and maintains links and partnerships with governments, development partners and civil society.

Last updated: January 2016
Facts and Figures: May 2012


CapitalSan Jose
Population (2015):4.8 million
Area:51,100 km sq
Languages :Spanish (official), English
Currency:Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
GDP per Capita PPP (2014):USD 14,374
HDI Rank (2014):69 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 612 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):0.7 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2015):8.8%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2015):52.0%
Population under 15 (2015):22.3%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):0.3%%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean
Avenida Central entre calles 27 y 29
Casa 2775, San José
Costa Rica

Tel: +506 2 212 5300
Fax: +506 2 222 0590
Email: [email protected][email protected]
Website: http://costarica.iom.int