IOM participates actively in the region through preparation, response, and recovery in crises and emergency contexts.

Thus, the "Migration Crisis Operational Framework" (MCOF) was developed in 2012 as a practical, operational, and institutional tool that allows IOM to provide support to the Member States and their partners to strengthen preparation and response actions in emergency contexts.

Based on MCOF, the Western Hemisphere Program helps in return, reintegration, preparation, and response for migration flows, and the human rights protection of the population in the region in emergency situations.



IOM staff unloading an aid vehicle. Text: Mexico: Southern border monitoring in the context of COVID-19

Mexico-Emergency Tracking, Southern Border Monitoring In The Context Of COVID-19, Round #2, JULY 2020

This report presents a baseline evaluation for the month of July in order to know the status of the official Points of Entry (PoE) and the provision of services for migrants on the southern border of Mexico, specifically in Tapachula in the state of Chiapas and Tenosique and Villahermosa in Tabasco under the context of COVID-19. 

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Toolkit for Development Partners: Integrating Migration into COVID-19 Socio-economic Response

Informed by the “UN Framework for the Immediate Socio‑Economic Response to COVID‑19”, and relevant EU and UN policy frameworks, the Toolkit provides analysis and practical tools to enable policymakers and practitioners to deal with the ways in which migration and sustainable development interact within the context of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

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Effects of COVID-19 on Migrants in Central America and the Caribbean: main findings

This study was conducted throughout the month of June, 2020, by digital means and using snowball sampling. Findings are based on 1660 valid answers and include three population segments: extraregional migrants in Central America and Mexico, people from Central America or Mexico who are migrants in any place of the world and people who are native to Central America or Mexico and who plan on migrating.

Summary of main findings of the survey: COVID-19 effects on migrants in Central America and Mexico

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) presents the main findings of a survey addressed to migrants (in their home countries or residing, potential or in transit) of Central America and
Mexico. The main goal was to generate data for the analysis of the COVID-19 repercussions on migrants that can guide the response of the multiple actors involved in health response,
migration management and strategies for socioeconomic recovery. This document summarizes the main results of the survey.

Surveys with young people in the north of Central America, framed by the sanitary emergency caused by COVID-19

Results of poll conducted with young people in the north of Central America, in the context of the sanitary emergency caused by COVID-19

In this document you will find the results of a poll that was conducted to know the perceptions of young people in the communities where C4D campaigns have been implemented in the north of Central América. The focus was international migration and the feasibility of achieving thier goals in the context of COVID-19, and in the medium-term future.

Panama- Emergency Tracking: Migratory Receiving Stations And COVID-19 Pandemic (May 26th)

The information in this report is collected by IOM Panama staff in Darién and Chiriquí, through field monitoring, multi-sectoral assessments through key informants, as well as regular information exchange at the technical level, and at the central level of the United Nations Inter-Agency Group on Human Mobility.

Standard Operating Procedures for Front-Line Border Officials at the Point of Entry in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

The purpose of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is to provide quick guidance to border officials to prevent disease transmission and contamination of the working and living premises by COVID-19, as well as effectively manage suspected and/or probable COVID-19 cases.

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COVID-19: guidance for employers and business to enhance migrant worker protection during the current health crisis

This resource was designed to help employers more effectively respond to the impact of COVID-19 and to enhance protections for migrant workers in their operations and supply chains. 

Woman wearing medical mask holds information poster on COVID-19 and IOM donation bag

International organizations caution against stigmatization of people affected by COVID-19

Under the MICIC initiative and in support of the coordinated and collaborative approach promoted by the Government of Dominica, IOM has been supporting the COVID-19 response through the translation and dissemination of messages to non-national communities including those who speak Creole, French, Spanish, German and Mandarin. In addition, IOM collaborated with the Dominica Red Cross Society to provide hygiene kits to people who may be affected by the disease and have been placed under observation at the Quarantine Unit in Portsmouth.


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