Immigration Report Topics

  • Immigration Trends
  • Registered and Non-Registered


  • Work Permits
  • Immigration Compliance and


Costa Rica immigration at-a-glance

Costa Rica's political stability and relatively

high standard of living have made the country an attractive

destination in Central America and given it the highest percentage

of immigrants in the region.”

Costa Rica immigration at-a-glance

  • The majority of immigrants (ages

    20-39) living in Costa Rica are women, educated, and represent 12%

    of the total working population:

    • 75% of immigrants have some type of


    • 64% of immigrants work for a private


  • 40% of occupied immigrants work in

    unskilled jobs.

  • 60% of occupied immigrants work in

    skilled jobs:

    • 10% are managers
    • 14% are service providers and


    • 16% are technicians
    • 20% are professionals

Costa Rica rising foreign investment

  • Growth


    • electronics
    • pharmaceuticals
    • telecommunications
    • software development
    • tourism
  • Free Zone
  • CAFTA-DR: US–Central

    American Free Trade Agreement

  • Foreign companies already in Costa


  • 94% either expanded

    or maintained same level of operations in


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