IOM-Canada partnership supports efforts to communicate the Risks of Irregular Migration in Central America
The Government of Canada’s Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deter prospective migrants in Central America from using irregular migration pathways, directing those interested to regular pathways, while also increasing cooperation with local stakeholders in responding to migration challenges in the region.
Panama. IOM Panama and the National Commission against Trafficking in Persons developed during September several activities to bolster awareness, prevention and capacity building to create strategies directed towards the elimination of trafficking in persons.
Mexico City– Faced with the increase in migrants seeking to settle in Mexican territory, the National Migration Institute of Mexico, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), presented a new Guide to Migration Procedures.
Over 100 thousand Haitians living in border areas cross into the Dominican Republic each week, and an estimated 2 out of every 3 of the 230 thousand recorded Haitian migrants do not have any form of documentation. Many of these people are exposed to human trafficking and migrant smuggling. In this context, IOM Haiti is acting to strengthen border security and migration management.
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).
San Salvador. On October 28, the results of a broad baseline study on migration and displacement in the region of SICA (Central American Integration System: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and the Dominican Republic) were presented. It is the first time that a study of this magnitude has been performed, given that previous efforts were concentrated in northern Central America or on specific aspects of migration.
San José, Costa Rica. The Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-The Caribbean held its annual regional planning meeting on October 21-25. Participants in the meeting included the Program's regional and national teams, Chiefs of Mission of IOM, Donor Representatives, and representatives of the Governments of the countries that make up the Program: Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other Caribbean states.
Panama. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a capacity-building workshop for officials in the Darien border zone. The activity took place on September 10-12 and participants included the National Border Service (SENAFRONT), the National Migration Service (SNM), the Directorate of Judicial Investigation, the Human Trafficking Division of the National Police, and the Ministry of Health.
A study conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) between January and June 2019 assessed the living conditions of Nicaraguan migrants who have entered Costa Rica or applied for asylum since April 2018 and identified their primary needs.
The study was a response to the urgent needs of governmental institutions for detailed information about Nicaraguans who arrived in Costa Rica during this period.
Santo Domingo. On September 26, a first meeting was held with over 50 civil society organizations to provide orientation on the processes and requirements for the renewal, change of status, and expedition of migration documents for beneficiaries of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreign Nationals (PNRE) in the Dominican Republic. The activity was organized by the National School of Migration (ENM) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).