In our Library, you can find publications containing our research, workguides and other materials generated by the Western Hemisphere Program and IOM. You will also find information materials about our tools and campaigns and reports on our work.




Searching for Missing Migrants in Central and North America: five good practices of civil society organizations

The disappearance of a person in the context of migration has a great emotional, social, economic and legal impact on his or her family members. Because there are hardly any governmental services for accompaniment, counseling and support to relatives of missing migrants, families face the search process on their own, often accompanied by civil society organizations that have filled the void left by the states.


If Not for Pure Necessity. Deaths and disappearances on migration journeys in North and Central America.

The report discusses the risks on routes across Central and North America, including the United States of America-Mexico border crossings, routes through Mexico, the Darien Gap and migration from and within the Caribbean.

Media coverage on migration and migrant populations: student's handbook

This document is a complementary material for the “Regional Training Course on Media Coverage for Migration and Migrant Populations” created by the International Organization for Migrations (IOM).The objective is to summarize the key points of the training so that journalists and communication professionals have a source to quickly consult what they learned in the training.

Paso Canoas border. Migration flow: highly vulnerable persons between Panama and Costa Rica. Situation report #6. November 26, 2021.

It is known that from November 16 to 25, 2,355 migrants were registered leaving the MRS of Los Planes bound for Costa Rica. Key informants indicate that the current migration flow identified in Paso Canoas and surrounding host communities has been represented by people from Haiti, Cuba, Bangladesh and India.

Practical Guide for Communicating in the Context of Migratory Crises

This is a quick reference guide for IOM staff who are in the field attending a crisis and must communicate with the migrant population in countries of transit or destination. It is based on the operational frameworks of the IOM (MICIC, MCOF, among others), as well as on the principles of strategic communication and communication for development.

Paso Canoas border. Migration flow: highly vulnerable persons between Panama and Costa Rica. Situation report #5. November 12, 2021.

The migration flow of extraregional mirants transiting through Central America en route to North America, continues to increase. In Panama, according to data from the National Migration Service (SNM), between January and October 2021, 121.737 migrants of variosus nationalities, such as Haiti (62%), Cuba (13%), Chile (8%), Brazil (7%), the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (2%) and other countries in South America, Asia and Africa, have entered Panama irregularly at the border with Colombia. People identified as nationals of Chile and Brazil are children of Haitian migrants born in those countries.

Communication campaign on the risks of irregular migration through the Darien forest

The "Speak the Truth" (Pale Verite) campaign follows the "Migrants as Messengers" model and has adapted the C4D methodology to crisis and emergency contexts. It targets potential migrants in Haiti and Haitian migrants in South American transit countries. Its objective is to inform about the risks of irregular migration through the Darien jungle using the testimonies of those who have already lived the experience.

Curaçao behoeftenanalyse van migratiebeheer

Deze Migration Governance Needs Assessment (Behoefteanalyse van Migratiebeheer) geeft een panoramisch beeld weer van migratiebeheer in Curaçao. Door middel van concreet onderzoeksdata, in combinatie met de input van regionale belanghebbenden, biedt het een breder perspectief op mogelijkheden om migratiebeheer in het land te versterken. Daarnaast biedt het uitvoerbare aanbevelingen voor het minimaliseren van de potentiële risico's, en tegelijkertijd het maximaliseren van de economische en ontwikkelingsvoordelen, van migratie. Het onderzoek concentreert zich op de volgende zes hoofdthema's: migratiebeleid en internationale normen, migratie en grensbeheer, migratie in de context van noodsituaties en rampen, migranten bescherming en bijstand, migratie en gezondheid, en arbeidsmigratie en menselijke ontwikkeling.

Curaçao needs assessment on migration governance

This migration governance needs assessment presents a panoramic view of the current state of migration governance in Curaçao. Through concrete evidence and data, combined with the inputs of regional stakeholders, it provides a larger perspective on opportunities for strengthening migration governance. Furthermore, it offers actionable recommendations on how to best minimize the potential risks of migration, while maximizing its economic and development benefits. The study focuses on six key thematic areas: migration policies and international standards, migration and border management, migration in the context of emergencies and disasters, migrant protection and assistance, migration and health, and labour migration and human development. This report is meant to be used as an informative tool for the government of Curaçao, IOM, and other international stakeholders.

Research brief: Mapping the current needs of the citrus industry regarding labour migration in Belize

Belize’s export agricultural sector, Sugar, Citrus and Bananas have always been a dominant source of foreign exchange earnings and employment. With collapse of Tourism due to COVID-19, the export agriculture sector has once again become the most important source of foreign exchange and employment in the country. IOM Belize has produced a study detailing the needs of the industry. Read the summary below.