17 May, 2022

CARICOM government representatives gather to draft regional counter-smuggling of migrants' legislation

Recent data from the Caribbean has suggested that there have been increases in the number of migrants being smuggled around the region. To address these changing and concerning trends, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), hosted a one-of-a-kind meeting on drafting legislation to counter migrant smuggling in the region that can respond to regional and national needs.

5 April, 2022

Migration Regularization: 4 prevailing challenges in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

An IOM study found 57 active regularization initiatives in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Of these, 24 had been created explicitly for people in irregular status, while the rest benefited them tangentially by allowing them to present their documentation. Despite these advances, the study identified four major challenges that must be addressed in the coming years to ensure better migration management in the region.

22 March, 2022

IOM launches diaspora organizations survey to support Eastern Caribbean government engagement

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched the Diaspora Groups of the Eastern Caribbean: Opportunities, Challenges, and Needs of Collaboration, in a step to further enhance engagement between governments of the region and their diaspora communities. The launch was done at a virtual event with participation from representatives of IOM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Government of Grenada, and the University of the West Indies.  

15 March, 2022

IOM and migration sign agreement to build the first policy on human mobility in Guatemala

Guatemala City. The Guatemalan Institute of Migration (IGM) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a cooperation agreement to build a public policy on human mobility in Guatemala, the first of its kind that will promote an orderly, safe and regular management of migration, encourage socioeconomic development through migration and ensure respect for the human rights of migrants.

22 February, 2022

Campaign launched in Mexico to strengthen labor rights and regularization of Guatemalan migrants

Government institutions in Mexico and Guatemala presented a campaign conducted in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to boost the use of the Border Worker Visitor Card (TVTF), which has served to regularize more than 50,000 Guatemalans in southern Mexico since 2016, but whose use has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic years.

16 February, 2022

Tamaulipas adopts course of action to improve on migration governance

In order to improve the attention to migrants in Tamaulipas, the state government, through the Tamaulipas Institute for Migrants (ITM), voluntarily joined the implementation of the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI), a methodology developed by IOM, which has served as the basis for the report.

21 January, 2022

Thousands of people have strengthened their skills to identify deceptions and myths about migration, thanks to IOM campaigns

Under the principle that collectively built campaigns can help generate behavioral changes, 12 communities in 6 countries designed and now disseminate information campaigns that were adapted to the local context according to their particularities and needs. These campaigns are not satisfied with simply launching messages in mass media or social networks but have implemented community activities as a key element to trigger action. 

18 January, 2022

Discover the best practices of the Information Hubs on Migration located in Guatemala

In Guatemala, the Hubs are adapted to different community contexts to ensure that the migrant or potential migrant population receives reliable information, guidance on migration procedures and referrals to local services. A team from the International Organization for Migration toured the country, identifying best practices and how they are adapted to each context. 

10 January, 2022

IOM Presents Curaçao Needs Assessment on Migration Governance

Among the main needs identified were the need to create, implement and coordinate a migration policy and strategy focused on the socioeconomic integration of migrants and to improve capacities for dealing with migrants who are detained. In the area of protection and assistance, the protection of asylum seekers was identified as an area for improvement, as well as the importance of guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to migrants through comprehensive policies that are reflected in greater access to employment, health, and human development.  

10 December, 2021

Campaign launched to strengthen labour rights of migrant border workers

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Guatemala, the National Institute of Migration (INM) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Mexico, together with the International Organization for Migration, are launching the campaign "For the labour rights of Guatemalan migrant border workers", to inform and raise awareness among the Guatemalan population about the importance of working regularly in Mexico and to promote the use of the Border Worker Visitor Card (TVTF).