Ngäbe Buglé indigenous populations maintain circular migration flows between Costa Rica and Panama in search of employment and economic development. IOM facilitates dialogue between both governments to address and facilitate these migration flows.
The human mobility dimension of crises is growing more and more relevant as crisis produce more complex and larger-scale migration flows. However, the response of States and the international community to a migration crisis is often reactive. One of the challenges is to increase the capacities of decision makers to plan and develop contingency plans for large-scale human movements.
Using its experience in data collection and analysis, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a training on April 30 for the Municipal Emergency Committee of Upala, Costa Rica to teach them to use the multiplatform software “KoBo,” which is a free, open-source tool for data collection and processing.
On April 5, the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador passed the Special Law on Migration. The objective of this law is to regulate matters relating to the movement of citizens and foreign nationals, including citizenship, naturalization, and expediting travel documents within a framework of respect for human rights, in accordance with the Constitution, laws, and international instruments. It likewise covers the organization and functions of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME).
Tapachula, Chiapas. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Migration Policy Unit, and municipal governments, held the 2nd Meeting on Municipal Migration Information Centers, in Chiapas, Mexico on April 8-12.
The Gustavo A. Madero Municipality Job Fair was held April 8-9, 2019 in Mexico City, and 100 companies with over a thousand job vacancies participated. The Secretariat of Labor and Promotion of Employment and the National Employment Service led this initiative, supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in alliance with the National Migration Institute, and the NGO Sin Fronteras IAP.
The communication pillar of the Regional Migration Program (Mesoamerica Program) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be enhanced by contributions from the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada. The objective of the collaboration is to expand the information people in northern Central American countries receive about regular migration pathways and the risks of irregular migration.
To commemorate International Women’s Day, Guatemalan departments discuss the Risks of Irregular Migration for Women and Girls
The Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-The Caribbean of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) participated in three departmental forums during the month of March to commemorate International Women’s Day, organized in conjunction with the Puentes Project and World Vision.
The forums were titled “Risks of Irregular Migration for Women and Girls” and panelists participated from the Program and other organizations such as UN Women, the Office of the Prosecutor for Human Rights, and the Attorney General’s Office.
March 20. The International Organization for Migration, through the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-The Caribbean, held a meeting with the National Employment Service and various civil society organizations with the goal of preparing a needs analysis to improve capacities for labor inclusion of migrants in Mexico.
Community leaders and key actors use Communication for Development to prevent irregular migration in the region
In 2018, the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-The Caribbean of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) selected four communities in Guatemala (Salcajá), Honduras (Cofradía), Mexico (Tapachula), and El Salvador (Ahuachapán) with the goal of implementing communication for development processes aimed at promoting positive behavioral change with respect to migration.