This story is interesting because it is being repeated in Panama as construction continues to explode. There is not enough labor in Costa Rica to build the resorts and homes for the many foreigners coming to live there and their neighbors to the north are immigrating in droves to help fill the need. It is also helping to solve the serious problem of illegal immigration to the U.S.. These people are doing what anyone trying to feed their families would do, and that is to find better opportunity. It is much easier to go to Costa Rica that to the U.S..
Panama is starting to feel the pinch as the demand for skilled labor far out strips supply. Where will they come from to build the canal? My bet is they will have to open up immigration for Venezuelans and Colombians to a greater degree. They will have to get thier house in order quickly in order to accomplish the task. Anyone who has had the experience of dealing with immigration can attest to the inefficiencies.
By John McPhaul and Philip Barbara
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - "I'm Saved," reads a sign, in Spanish, outside a tin shack in a garbage-strewn slum in the Costa Rican capital. Then, "USA in Costa Rica."
The crude sign expresses a sentiment that is a reality for the hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans who have migrated to Costa Rica, which for them is a nearer and much more attainable promised land than the United States.
The man who posted the sign is away, working a construction job on Costa Rica's booming Pacific coast, where many wealthy foreigners are buying homes and land, but his family is here.
"He doesn't want to go back" to Nicaragua, said his sister Miriam. "Not enough work. There is nothing."