Information Hubs Strengthen Efforts to prevent Irregular Migration in Guatemala
Through the Mesoamerica Program, the IOM in Guatemala supports five Municipal Information Hubs on Migration in coordination with twenty-two Migration Community Counselors. In order to strengthen their work, an Exchange of Experiences was held in July with La Casa del Migrante, Tecún Umán, San Marcos.
This exchange allowed the staff of the Hubs and the Community Counselors to better understand the dynamics of migration at the border. This setting also familiarizes them with the work of key actors who assist the migrant population and helps them form important links with local agencies. This is highly important for offering information on regular migration options, preventing risks to migrant persons in vulnerable communities, and channeling cases appropriately.
The Information Hubs work in different settings in Guatemalan communities, through talks and expo-galleries that raise urban-rural awareness on migration. Their work focuses on preventing irregular migration through informational activities on the risks and dangers of migration, in the municipalities of San Mateo, La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango, Salcajá, and San Cristóbal Totonicapán, located in the departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán in Guatemala.