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".
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 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.
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.
Young people from Mexico and Central America train in the creation of digital content about migration
From September 8 to 11, young people throughout the region gathered for the first group sessions of the virtual course "Let's take the social networks! Creating digital content on migration", created by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in conjunction with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The course will be completed in the first days of October.
Honduras continues to take steps towards a comprehensive policy on migration. More than twenty government institutions, under the leadership of the Office of Communications and Presidential Strategy and the Secretariat of Governance, Justice and Decentralization (SGJD), and with the technical accompaniment of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Institute for Migration and Peace Studies (IEMP), met to gather inputs in order to establish a strategic communications plan that makes visible the dynamics of migration in Honduras and the progress in managing migration and protecting all migrants.
More than 100 participants logged on to each of the four sessions that gathered the Regional Conference on Migration’s (RCM) countries to discuss migrant smuggling and exchange best practices on the subject. The main goal was to strengthen police and judiciary capacities to fight migrant smuggling, with especial emphasis on investigation techniques and cross-border cooperation.