On October 27, IOM launched a new initiative to strengthen social inclusion and access to legal channels for migrants residing in Panama. In cooperation with the country office of the international law firm Morgan & Morgan, IOM is developing a series of webinars to share information on how to access social services and provide legal guidance to migrants in Panama.
Costa Rica organized its II Migration Seminar during the week of October 19-23, 2020, with the support and participation of the International Organization for Migration in Costa Rica. The event was held under the theme "Migration responses within the framework of COVID-19".
COVID-19 did not stop the Western Hemisphere Program: countries report success in capacity building during 2020
This October 2020, IOM presented to its partners the achievements of the last 12 months of the Western Hemisphere Program. This presentation took place in the framework of the annual planning meeting of the program, which this year was carried out in a completely virtual way and gathering the eleven countries where this IOM initiative is implemented. The constant among panelists was to highlight the successful adaptation to the challenges posed by COVID-19 in the four axes of the program: migration management, alliances, preparation for migration crises and communication for development.
IOM Costa Rica, in conjunction with the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens, enables services on MigApp
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica, together with the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME), generated the connection of migration services and consultations from the MigApp mobile application, so that migrants and nationals can manage, free of charge, the services of the DGME from their cell phones.
IOM and the Municipality of San José inaugurate a children's playground in the community of Barrio Cuba
On November 9, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica, together with the Municipality of San José and the Association for the Integral Development of Barrio Cuba (ADI), inaugurated the recreational park for children "La Esperanza", located in the southern sector of the El Pochote community in Barrio Cuba, San José.
Kevin’s dreams of being discovered by international recruiters ready to open the door to football glory outside of his native Guatemala seemed to be coming true. But should he trust these men who are offering fame and fortune? In Costa Rica, Isabel, a Nicaraguan single mother wants to regularize her migration status but keeps being told that it is nearly impossible. Two very different real-life scenarios sharing a common challenge: the lack of clear, accessible information that allows them to make informed decisions.
IOM Costa Rica delivers plans to the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME) to build a new center for migrants
The General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME) of Costa Rica received technical and financial support from IOM for the preparation of the plans (architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical), as well as the respective budget and technical specifications associated with the new Northern Bicentennial Migrant Station (EMBINORTE).
On September 23, a multilateral table sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) brought together 48 people from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They participated in a dialogue and exchange of experiences on the protection of the rights of migrant workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 18, IOM facilitated a virtual meeting to exchange experiences on mechanisms for the protection of migrant children and adolescents between Belize and El Salvador. Representatives from both countries participated in the meeting to identify coordination points for the identification, protection and assistance of migrant children and adolescents.
IOM and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States partner to strengthen migration management in the region
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission have partnered with the aim of improving migration management in the region, by establishing this month a joint Working Group. This partnership will prioritize coordination and building capacity of national governments in the areas of research and migration data collection, diaspora engagement, and COVID-19 recovery and environmental migration.