The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently launching campaigns to prevent the risks of irregular migration and encourage informed decision making among potential young Central American migrants.
On August 21, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented the study “Migrants in Risk Reduction and Emergency Response in Central America,” as part of the Regional Workshop: The Key Role of Coordination and Information Management in Assisting Migrants in Disaster Situations, which was organized with CEPREDENAC, the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), and OCAM.
Los Planes, Panama. In the first six months of 2019, Panama has received 34% more migrants from South America than it received in all of 2018. Every day, an average of 120 people arrive at the Temporary Humanitarian Aid Station (ETAH) located on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. In this context, IOM carried out a second round of surveys to track the flows of extra-regional migrants, using the DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) methodology.
164 million people in the world today are migrant workers, generating 9% of global GDP. These people play an important role in the labor market and contribute to the economies and societies of both their countries of origin and destination. They promote development by creating new businesses and strengthen ties between their country of origin and their country of destination through the transfer of technology and skills.
Puerto Cortés (Honduras), July 30, 2019- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the 5th Exchange of the Cross-border Migration Coordination Network on Guatemala-Honduras, which seeks to improve cooperation between both countries on migration management related issues.
Santo Domingo. The National Migration Institute and the Center of Emergency Operations of the Dominican Republic are currently working to create an Inter-Institutional Contingency Plan for Massive Migration Flows, with technical and financial support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Mexico City - Within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement on Labor signed by Mexico and Guatemala in 2018, a Workshop on Exchanging Best Practices for Labor Migration was held July 3 by the Mexican Secretariat of External Relations, with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In August 2019, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras will present their campaigns “Migrar informados” (“Migrating informed”), “Ponele plan a tu vida” (“Plan your life”), and “Echale ganas” (“Go for it”) which have been created through participatory communication for development processes. These campaigns were developed based on the results of over 1,500 interviews, coordination spaces with over 70 local partners, and participatory validation by the target audience.
Costa Rica and Guatemala improve access to information and regularization through information hubs on migration
Municipal migration information hubs, located in over 20 Mesoamerican communities with a migrant presence, operate in coordination with IOM as spaces that facilitate migrants’ direct access to information on migration procedures and migration related issues.
In this context, Costa Rica opened the first Transactional Hub in the region, thanks to collaboration between the Migrant Information Hub in Upala and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME).
IOM’s migration learning platform, E-Campus, has released a new English-language course addressing the fundamentals of trafficking in persons. The 3-hour course, “Trafficking in Persons: protection and assistance to victims”, provides a certification for English-speaking users.