Mexico's State Migrant Assistance Offices trained their personnel on migration management
Photo by Cesia Chavarría.
Mexico City– In response to the need to promote good migration management at the state level in Mexico, especially in places of origin, reception, and return, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided support for a Workshop on Migration Management in conjunction with the Coordination of State Migrant Assistance Offices (CONOFAM). Its purpose was to build the capacities of the State Migrant Assistance Offices (OFAM).
In the Republic of Mexico, the 30 State Migrant Assistance Offices provide guidance to Mexican nationals who return to their communities and to immigrants in Mexico. Additionally, the National Coordination of State Migrant Assistance Offices establishes inter-institutional relationships in order to cooperate to protect migrants in Mexico and abroad.
The workshop addressed objectives centered around improving knowledge on current global, regional and national migration trends, specifically reflecting and discussing the recent changes in migration flows in the country. Public officials will use the data presented to analyze, make informed decisions, and prioritize actions in their areas.
“We are convinced that we should strengthen comprehensive migration management capacities, and to achieve this it is necessary for government at the national, state, and municipal levels, companies, civil society organizations, and all actors involved in migration to be able to refer to international norms and safeguard respect for human rights,” emphasized Christopher Gascón, Chief of Mission of IOM in Mexico.
“CONOFAM is currently collaborating closely with IOM in the states, since we need to have partners to address the challenges entailed by migration in Mexico,” added José Martín Carmona Flores, Director General of the Tamaulipas Institute for Migrants and National Coordinator of CONOFAM.
This workshop was organized within the framework of the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-The Caribbean, financed by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State of the United States of America.