IOM builds institutional capacities at the regional level through cross-border meetings on migration in Mesoamerica
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided support for two cross-border meetings in the Mesoamerican region during the past month. The Human Mobility Cross-border Committee “Grupo Tacaná” in Spanish, met on May 16-17, while the Cross-border El Salvador-Honduras Committee met on May 23-24. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society, public institutions, and governments participated in these meetings.
Belize is a country of origin, transit, and destination for migrants. Migrants make up 14.8% of its population; thus, building capacities for migration management is particularly important. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with Galen University, taught a course on “Best Practices in Migration Management” as part of the university’s diploma in Migration Management.
IOM strengthens dialogue on labor migration and socioeconomic development in the three countries of the Dutch Caribbean
May 9-10, 2019. Willemstad, Curaçao. The Social Economic Councils of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten held a Symposium on Migration and Socioeconomic Development, Challenges, and Policy Options on May 9 and 10, 2019, in Curaçao, in which representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented on topics related to maximizing the benefits of migration, formal participation in the workforce, and opportunities for regional cooperation in the Caribbean.
Over 100 local actors launch communication for development campaigns focused on migration in Mesoamerica
Creativity and participatory work are the primary focuses in the communication for development (C4D) processes being implemented in Tapachula, México, Salcajá, Guatemala, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Ahuachapán, El Salvador as part of the joint efforts of IOM, local governments, and various actors to improve communities’ access to information about safe migration and local alternatives to irregular migration.
Regional research team advances in the analysis of Labor Market Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
On May 23 and 24, 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the regional team of researchers in charge of the study "Analysis of Labor Markets Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras: towards a greater integration of labor migration" held their first meeting in San José, Costa Rica. This study is implemented by the Central American Institute for Social Studies and Development (INCEDES), at the request of IOM and ILO, under the framework of the labor migration component of IOM Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity-Building Program funded by the US Department of State.
A series of video testimonials will allow you to hear the stories of people who participated in migrant caravans and voluntarily decided, for various reasons, to return to their countries of origin. In October 2018, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) created a special temporary program to assist the voluntary return of migrants stranded in Mexico or Guatemala who lack the necessary resources to return to their homes.
Ngäbe Buglé indigenous populations maintain circular migration flows between Costa Rica and Panama in search of employment and economic development. IOM facilitates dialogue between both governments to address and facilitate these migration flows.
The human mobility dimension of crises is growing more and more relevant as crisis produce more complex and larger-scale migration flows. However, the response of States and the international community to a migration crisis is often reactive. One of the challenges is to increase the capacities of decision makers to plan and develop contingency plans for large-scale human movements.
On April 5, the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador passed the Special Law on Migration. The objective of this law is to regulate matters relating to the movement of citizens and foreign nationals, including citizenship, naturalization, and expediting travel documents within a framework of respect for human rights, in accordance with the Constitution, laws, and international instruments. It likewise covers the organization and functions of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME).
Tapachula, Chiapas. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Migration Policy Unit, and municipal governments, held the 2nd Meeting on Municipal Migration Information Centers, in Chiapas, Mexico on April 8-12.