Marcelo Pisani (left), IOM’s regional director for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, and Santiago Rivas (right), Secretary Executive of FOPREL, during the signing of the agreement. Co-signs as honor witness Carlos Ricardo Benavides, current president of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica.
At the LIII Ordinary Meeting of Heads of State of the Central American Integration System (SICA), held on 4 and 5 June in Guatemala, the General Secretariat of SICA presented the executive summary of a regional study on the causes and consequences of migration, developed by IOM with the support of UNHCR.
Port of Spain - The growing frequency and intensity of tropical storms and other disasters have pushed Caribbean countries to recognize they can't keep climate change on a debate level. Eighteen countries and territories of this region and twelve international and regional organizations, as well as observers, gathered during June 6 and 7 to tackle issues on human mobility in the context of disasters and climate change in the Caribbean.
Mexico City. Representatives of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), composed of the governments of Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States of America, met on 4 and 5 June for a follow-up workshop to the 2019-2025 Work Plan on Migrant Smuggling, prepared jointly and approved by vice ministers in 2018.
On May 22 and 27, 45 officials from the Guatemalan Migration Institute participated in informational workshops on the new Migration Code and its associated regulations. The activity was held by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the framework of its Work Plan, in conjunction with the national migration institution. Its objective was to support understanding and implementation of the new code.
IOM builds institutional capacities at the regional level through cross-border meetings on migration in Mesoamerica
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided support for two cross-border meetings in the Mesoamerican region during the past month. The Human Mobility Cross-border Committee “Grupo Tacaná” in Spanish, met on May 16-17, while the Cross-border El Salvador-Honduras Committee met on May 23-24. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society, public institutions, and governments participated in these meetings.
Belize is a country of origin, transit, and destination for migrants. Migrants make up 14.8% of its population; thus, building capacities for migration management is particularly important. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with Galen University, taught a course on “Best Practices in Migration Management” as part of the university’s diploma in Migration Management.
IOM strengthens dialogue on labor migration and socioeconomic development in the three countries of the Dutch Caribbean
May 9-10, 2019. Willemstad, Curaçao. The Social Economic Councils of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten held a Symposium on Migration and Socioeconomic Development, Challenges, and Policy Options on May 9 and 10, 2019, in Curaçao, in which representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented on topics related to maximizing the benefits of migration, formal participation in the workforce, and opportunities for regional cooperation in the Caribbean.
Over 100 local actors launch communication for development campaigns focused on migration in Mesoamerica
Creativity and participatory work are the primary focuses in the communication for development (C4D) processes being implemented in Tapachula, México, Salcajá, Guatemala, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Ahuachapán, El Salvador as part of the joint efforts of IOM, local governments, and various actors to improve communities’ access to information about safe migration and local alternatives to irregular migration.
Regional research team advances in the analysis of Labor Market Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
On May 23 and 24, 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the regional team of researchers in charge of the study "Analysis of Labor Markets Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras: towards a greater integration of labor migration" held their first meeting in San José, Costa Rica. This study is implemented by the Central American Institute for Social Studies and Development (INCEDES), at the request of IOM and ILO, under the framework of the labor migration component of IOM Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity-Building Program funded by the US Department of State.