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Drugs drive rising murder rate in Costa Rica

Friday, July 21, 2017

Subject

Rising murder rates.

Significance

Police have forecast that Costa Rica's murder rate will reach an all-time high this year and continue to rise rapidly over the coming decade. This is the result of a thriving local drugs market, and the country’s increasing role as a transshipment point for narcotics.

Impacts

  • The perceptions that increased immigration exacerbates criminality will encourage anti-immigrant sentiment.
  • Rushed police recruitment may lead to poor training, increasing the likelihood of corruption and human rights abuses.
  • While US aid to Central America is to be cut, security funding will continue, with Costa Rica considered a key US ally.
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