The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a series of training processes focused on providing tools for ethical coverage of migration based on international law and evidence. A total of 162 professionals from national and local print media, television, radio and digital media, as well as communicators from public institutions in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama were trained.
Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic Prepare to Address Climate Change-Driven Migration Crisis
In response to the need to strengthen the capacities of relevant government and regional agency personnel in aspects related to migration driven by climate change and other environmental factors, the Regional Workshop on Migration Crises and Migration in Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC).
Officials from 7 countries were trained on protection and assistance for migrants vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse. The activity was attended by representatives of migration institutes or directorates, consulates and entities responsible for the shelter and protection systems of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica.
IOM and the RCM aim to make to make the economic, social and cultural contributions of the diasporas of the region more visible
Due to the fundamental role diasporas play in migration, the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held the Forum for the promotion, development, linkage and capitalization of the contributions of diasporas. Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Member States, as well as representatives of organizations responsible for the identification, linkage or integration of the diaspora participated in the event, which was also attended by representatives of the Salvadoran diaspora.
CARICOM government representatives gather to draft regional counter-smuggling of migrants' legislation
Recent data from the Caribbean has suggested that there have been increases in the number of migrants being smuggled around the region. To address these changing and concerning trends, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), hosted a one-of-a-kind meeting on drafting legislation to counter migrant smuggling in the region that can respond to regional and national needs.
The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted on the 4th of May its first business resilience workshop targeting migrant business owners.
An IOM study found 57 active regularization initiatives in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Of these, 24 had been created explicitly for people in irregular status, while the rest benefited them tangentially by allowing them to present their documentation. Despite these advances, the study identified four major challenges that must be addressed in the coming years to ensure better migration management in the region.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched the Diaspora Groups of the Eastern Caribbean: Opportunities, Challenges, and Needs of Collaboration, in a step to further enhance engagement between governments of the region and their diaspora communities. The launch was done at a virtual event with participation from representatives of IOM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Government of Grenada, and the University of the West Indies.
Guatemala City. The Guatemalan Institute of Migration (IGM) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a cooperation agreement to build a public policy on human mobility in Guatemala, the first of its kind that will promote an orderly, safe and regular management of migration, encourage socioeconomic development through migration and ensure respect for the human rights of migrants.
Government institutions in Mexico and Guatemala presented a campaign conducted in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to boost the use of the Border Worker Visitor Card (TVTF), which has served to regularize more than 50,000 Guatemalans in southern Mexico since 2016, but whose use has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic years.