Mexico City - Within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement on Labor signed by Mexico and Guatemala in 2018, a Workshop on Exchanging Best Practices for Labor Migration was held July 3 by the Mexican Secretariat of External Relations, with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In August 2019, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras will present their campaigns “Migrar informados” (“Migrating informed”), “Ponele plan a tu vida” (“Plan your life”), and “Echale ganas” (“Go for it”) which have been created through participatory communication for development processes. These campaigns were developed based on the results of over 1,500 interviews, coordination spaces with over 70 local partners, and participatory validation by the target audience.
Costa Rica and Guatemala improve access to information and regularization through information hubs on migration
Municipal migration information hubs, located in over 20 Mesoamerican communities with a migrant presence, operate in coordination with IOM as spaces that facilitate migrants’ direct access to information on migration procedures and migration related issues.
In this context, Costa Rica opened the first Transactional Hub in the region, thanks to collaboration between the Migrant Information Hub in Upala and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME).
Los Planes, Panama. In the first six months of 2019, Panama has received 34% more migrants from South America than it received in all of 2018. Every day, an average of 120 people arrive at the Temporary Humanitarian Aid Station (ETAH) located on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. In this context, IOM carried out a second round of surveys to track the flows of extra-regional migrants, using the DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) methodology.
164 million people in the world today are migrant workers, generating 9% of global GDP. These people play an important role in the labor market and contribute to the economies and societies of both their countries of origin and destination. They promote development by creating new businesses and strengthen ties between their country of origin and their country of destination through the transfer of technology and skills.
Puerto Cortés (Honduras), July 30, 2019- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the 5th Exchange of the Cross-border Migration Coordination Network on Guatemala-Honduras, which seeks to improve cooperation between both countries on migration management related issues.
IOM’s migration learning platform, E-Campus, has released a new English-language course addressing the fundamentals of trafficking in persons. The 3-hour course, “Trafficking in Persons: protection and assistance to victims”, provides a certification for English-speaking users.
Puebla, Puebla – IOM, through the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica - The Caribbean, and the City Council of Puebla celebrated the opening of the first Information Hub in the state on June 17, with the goal of promoting safe, trustworthy assistance for the migrant population.
Caribbean governments exchange experiences managing migrant and refugee flows in conjunction with IOM and UNHCR
The Caribbean region faces an increasingly complex mixed migration phenomenon including asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people, and vulnerable migrants. It is a region of destination and transit for thousands of people, including people needing international protection, each year.
This training will run from July to November 2019 and will train 50 people from El Salvador’s Ministry of Health’s migrant assistance, human trafficking, and gender divisions, as well as municipal personnel, using an innovative, comprehensive training approach. Its objective is to strengthen support and protection mechanisms for internal and international migrants in El Salvador.