El Salvador and Costa Rica Sign a Bilateral Labor Agreement.

By Karla Ramos  |  Dec 16th, 2023

To provide another legal outlet for Salvadorans to find legal work outside El Salvador, the governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica signed a bilateral labor agreement.

The agreement, part of the Labor Migration Program developed by the current administration, was announced by Salvadoran Labor Minister Rolando Casto yesterday, December 15.

“The agreement will allow our workers to travel to work under terms of legality, security, and rigorous standards of dignity,” outlined Minister Castro.

Costa Rica has a very diversified labor market, which will allow our compatriots to access jobs where they will strengthen their knowledge and acquire multiple experiences. Likewise, their average salaries by category are competitive and attractive. Rolando Castro, Salvador Labor Minister.

Minister Castro stated that he will hold a press conference this upcoming Tuesday to provide additional details about the agreement.

The signing of this agreement not only seals a pact but also solidifies stronger labor ties between our nations. We are committed to working tirelessly to ensure that every step we take contributes to the well-being of our compatriots. Salvadoran Ministry of Labor.

With the signing of this agreement, Costa Rica joins the United States and Canada as the third country where Salvadorans can work legally through the Labor Migration Program.

In 2023, the Salvadoran Ministry of Labor, through its Labor Migration Program, opened the door for hundreds of Salvadorans to travel and work legally in the United States and Canada.

Castro announced in early December that at least 3000 Salvadoran workers will travel and work legally in Canada in 2024.

With the Labor Migration Program, the Salvadoran government is looking to provide Salvadorans an opportunity to work outside El Salvador legally.

Entering other countries illegally to find high paying work has been part of Salvadoran culture for over 30 years.

Since the end of the civil war, hundreds of Salvadorans have died trying to migrate to other countries, especially the United States. Poverty and violence have been the primary reasons why Salvadorans leave the country.