Tegucigalpa. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized the meeting Towards the creation of a comprehensive migration policy, in which national and international experts met in the capital of Honduras as a starting point for developing a National Migration Policy that address immigrant, emigrant, migrant in transit, and returnee flows.
IOM and its partners support efforts for improving labor migration management in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean
During the month of September, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partners in different countries of the region met with various actors with the goal of discussing labor migration management for the benefit of all sectors.
In conjunction with the Central American Federation of Agricultural and Agro-industrial Chambers (FECAGRO), IOM has begun developing a proposal to create a regional coordination mechanism for labor migration management in the agricultural sector in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Belize City. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is supporting government efforts to improve access to information about migration. Additionally, it is continuing its activities in Belize to prevent irregular migration and the risks associated with it, such as human trafficking.
IOM builds capacities of state and consular personnel in Mexico for migration governance and crisis management
Mexico. This September, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided support for two workshops in Mexico, with the objective of training personnel to better address the needs of the migrant population.
One was a workshop on migration governance in conjunction with the Coordination of State Migrant Assistance Offices (CONOFAM), which had the objective of strengthening its offices, known as OFAM. Forty representatives of CONOFAM participated from various states and public institutions at the federal level.
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.
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.
San Salvador, El Salvador. – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with over 25 local partners, launched the Communication for Development campaign Conectá con tu futuro [Connect with your future], which has the primary goal of providing trustworthy information on regular migration and local opportunities to young people in the municipality of Ahuachapán.
Number of migrant children in Mexico increased by 131% in 2019, IOM builds government capacities for comprehensive assistance
According to the National Migration Institute of Mexico, there was a 131% increase in number of migrant children and adolescents in the country in the first half of 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018. Between January and June of 2019, 33 thousand of the people who appeared before the Mexican migration authority were minors, and 26% (8,500) were unaccompanied by an adult. Additionally, 21,900 adolescents were deported or returned to their countries through assisted return from Mexico during the same period.
IOM organizes the V exchange of the technical network of cross-border articulation on migration between Guatemala and Honduras
Puerto Cortés (Honduras). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated the Fifth Exchange of the Guatemalan-Honduras Cross-Border Coordination Network, which seeks to guarantee an adequate response to the migration processes between the two Central American countries.
IOM improves training on migration issues in Belize in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Galen University
Belize—Two activities during the month of August increased the understanding of specialized audiences in Belize of migration issues. The first was a workshop on migration and communication for development, given to instructors from the communities of Corozal and San Ignacio as part of the Professional Development Week held annually by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture.