The Regional Program on Migration Mesoamerica- The Caribbean aims to build government capacities to manage migration in a humane and sustainable manner. It currently operates in 11 countries in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations' agency for migrations, runs the programme from its Regional Office for Central America, North America and The Caribbean, and with funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).



Our four pillars:




Promote well-managed, legal forms of migration and respect for the human rights of migrants.


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  • Support legislative reform efforts and the drafting and review of policies, strategies and laws for comprehensive migration management.
  • Evaluate and support the establishment of programmes for regular migration in the region.
  • Provide specialized trainings to stakeholders involved in implementing migration related policies and legislation.
  • Promote the integration of migrants in the labour market through inclusive labour migration policies.
  • Strengthen governments' capacities to collect and analyse migration data collection and analysis for the development of evidence-based policies.



Strengthen regional and bilateral cooperation on migration, with support from different international organizations.


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  • Support the Regional Conference on Migration and strengthen the capacities of member States.
  • Strengthen the capacities of governments and cooperation on migration management related areas and identified priorities in the Caribbean.
  • Strengthen the capacities of stakeholders to enable effective planning, measuring and reporting on migration policies.
  • Improve regional coordination on topics such as labour migration, migration governance, combatting migrant smuggling and the protection of migrant children.
  • Provide technical assistance for the creation and strengthening of bilateral cross-border and interinstitutional committees on migration.

Emergency and

Crisis Response

Support emergency and crisis preparedness and response to the mobility dimensions of crises.


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  • Develop research on resilience, relocation and resettlement capacities in the Caribbean related to emergencies and natural hazards.
  • Support and assess the implementation of best practices and coordination mechanisms to respond to emergencies and the mobility dimensions of crises in the region.
  • Develop tools and operational guidelines and build the capacities of officers to promote coordinated efforts to manage the mobility dimensions of emergencies and crises.



Provide information and preventive measures on irregular migration.


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  • Support the design and implementation of participatory and comprehensive communication for development strategies at the national level.
  • Build the capacities of stakeholders to implement information activities that encourage regular migration and other alternatives to irregular migration.
  • Strengthen the capacities of stakeholders to develop awareness-raising activities using communication for development.
  • Strengthen the capacities of local stakeholders to install and support information hubs.
  • Promote easy access to trustworthy migration related information for migrants through IOM’s mobile app, MigApp.



Where do we work?




Costa Rica


El Salvador







Dominican Republic