The “Migrating Informed” campaign has been launched in southern Mexico. It is an initiative presented last Tuesday on a Facebook Live by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the National Migration Institute (INM) and the of the World to promote the different mechanisms created to support migrants in Tapachula, Chiapas in the context caused by the pandemic.
Member Countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) strengthen dialogue on determining the best interest of migrant children and adolescents
On October 26th, 40 representatives of the Member Countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) concluded a cycle of virtual sessions for exchange and proposals on the best interest of migrant, refugee and in need of protection children and adolescents. The process, initially planned as an in-person workshop, was virtualized in response to the distancing measures imposed by COVID-19, so that a total of four online sessions were held since March.
COVID-19 did not stop the Western Hemisphere Program: countries report success in capacity building during 2020
This October 2020, IOM presented to its partners the achievements of the last 12 months of the Western Hemisphere Program. This presentation took place in the framework of the annual planning meeting of the program, which this year was carried out in a completely virtual way and gathering the eleven countries where this IOM initiative is implemented. The constant among panelists was to highlight the successful adaptation to the challenges posed by COVID-19 in the four axes of the program: migration management, alliances, preparation for migration crises and communication for development.
IOM Costa Rica, in conjunction with the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens, enables services on MigApp
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica, together with the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME), generated the connection of migration services and consultations from the MigApp mobile application, so that migrants and nationals can manage, free of charge, the services of the DGME from their cell phones.
More than 20,000 migrants have been counseled within a year of the opening of the Information Hub on Migration in Dominican Republic
More than 20,000 migrants have been counseled from the Information Hub on Migration that operates in Santo Domingo, thanks to the coordinated work between the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Dominican Republic. Free, timely and bilingual (Spanish and Creole) orientation has been provided without interruption, even in times of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 41 people from a wide range of backgrounds and professions participated in two virtual sessions on the crime of human trafficking on October 29. Among them were migration officials, legal professionals, teachers and doctoral students. The activity was part of the virtual tutored course "Migration Policy and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean", which IOM is implementing with the Inter-American Development Bank's Migration Training Program.
INM RD and IOM deliver diplomas to first participants in the "Intercultural Mediation Diploma" held in Dajabón
The National Institute for Migration of the Dominican Republic (INM RD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) gave diplomas to the participants of the first edition of the "Diploma in intercultural mediation" that was held in a semi-presential way in the municipality of Dajabón. This training, which began on February 4, took place during forty hours of face-to-face and twenty of virtual activities, in which concepts related to migration, interculturality and human rights were addressed, as well as tools and practical aspects for mediation.
On September 23rd, the government of Panama inaugurated a new Migrant Reception Station (MRS) in the community of San Vicente, located in the district of Pinogana, province of Darien. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Panama accompanied this opening process together with its counterpart, the National Border Service (SENAFRONT).
Since last year, at the request of the Secretariat of Governance, Justice and Decentralization, IOM has supported the construction of a migration policy in Honduras, through the advice of international experts. As part of this process, a working session was established last October with civil society organizations, with the objective of presenting them with the background, progress and next phases in the process of building a comprehensive migration policy for Honduras.
On October 27, IOM launched a new initiative to strengthen social inclusion and access to legal channels for migrants residing in Panama. In cooperation with the country office of the international law firm Morgan & Morgan, IOM is developing a series of webinars to share information on how to access social services and provide legal guidance to migrants in Panama.