The Western Hemisphere Program is implemented by the International Organization for Migration and financed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

We work to strengthen the capacities of governments and other key stakeholders in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in order to manage migration in a humane and sustainable manner that considers migrant vulnerabilities.




Our 4 working areas:




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We support the development of policies, laws, strategies, and protocols to promote regular migration in the region, as well as the generation of data and information for evidence-based policy making.

The WHP also provides technical support for new channels for regular migration, enhances labour migration management, and supports governments to strengthen protection of migrants in vulnerable situations.

Alliances and


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We strengthen regional, bilateral and local cooperation and dialogue on migration. We also support regional migration strategies, action plans, and model legislations to ensure policy coherence and mainstreaming of migration.

Emergency and

Crisis Response

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We support institutions to include migration provisions into risk management plans to better prepare for and respond to migration crises, at the time we raise awareness about migration induced by climate change and environmental factors.



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We conduct participative, evidence-based communication processes about regular migration, risks of irregular migration, and alternatives to it, based on the communication for development methodology. We strengthen tools, media and information

channels, such as the Information Hubs and Migrantinfo.

We also seek to contribute to public discourse on migration concepts and the use of appropriate terminology to facilitate local integration of migrants and social cohesion.



Where do we work?




Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

El Salvador