IOM assists with the Evaluation of the Special Migration Program 2014-2018 in Mexico

5 December, 2018


Mexico City—The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the Western Hemisphere Migration Program (Mesoamerica Program), supported the Public Consultation for the Evaluation of the Special Migration Program 2014-2018 held by the Migration Policy Unit of the Department of the Interior. 

These Consultations are the result of ordinary sessions convened by the Consulting Council on Migratory Policy, through the Migration Policy Unit, with the goal of collecting recommendations from the general public in order to identify the strengths and areas of opportunity in the design, implementation and follow-up of this Program. The outcome of these meetings will be used to create a diagnostic that will be presented to the new administration of the government elected.

To create this diagnostic, three public consultations were performed at the national level in the northern, central, and southern regions of the country.

  1. Mexico City
  2. Tijuana, Baja California
  3. Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Agencies from the three levels of government (federal, state, and municipal) as well as civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the business sector participated in the three Public Consultations. The support of IOM in these Consultations reaffirmed its commitment to identifying areas of opportunity in order to reach the goals established in the Special Migration Program effectively. 

Particular challenges for reaching those goals included the lack of resources, the lack of a mechanism for evaluating the effective impact of the indicators established, the harmonization of migration legal frameworks with federal legislation, knowledge of the dynamics and profiles of the people who arrive in Mexico, the management and economic activity at the borders, and capacity-building for organizations that provide comprehensive assistance to migrants.

Likewise, the extraordinary session of the National Coordination of State Offices for Assistance to Migrants (CONOFAM), was held during the Third Public Consultation in Oaxaca. IOM took advantage of this event to present the results of its Mesoamerica Program and to discuss the new activities to be implemented in 2019. IOM emphasized on working on the migration agenda at the local level with state assistance offices and the support to information hubs at the municipal level, so their capacities to ensure comprehensive assistance for the migrants will be strengthened. 

Through these activities, IOM commits itself to continue providing technical support to Mexican institutions to ensure that they consider the needs of migrants, particularly the most vulnerable, as well as the protection of human rights in accordance with the international standards and agreements adopted by the Mexican State.