The myths and truths about Nicaraugan migrants in Costa Rica

Rico’s TICO BULL – While the myth that “we are all rich” applies to foreigners from North America and Europe, when it comes to Nicaraguans, the false information is linked to old urban myths that prevail in the Costa Rican imaginary.
In Costa Rica, Nicaraguans often work in agriculture, construction and service sectors
These myths on Nicaraguan migrants include, “They don’t pay the Caja; They receive more social benefits than Ticos;  They get free housing. They take jobs away; They do not contribute to the local economy; and are uneducated,” among many others.
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Let’s look at some of the myths.  How much of this is true and how much is false?
MYTH: MIGRANTS DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO

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