20 May, 2021

Migration Officers Strengthen Their Capabilities to Communicate During Crises

A message transmitted in time can save someone’s life. With this premise, the Commission of Migration Authorities (OCAM) of the member countries of the Central America Integration System (SICA), in conjunction with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), developed a regional workshop on emergency and migratory crisis communication. Migration officials from the areas of communication, press, migration control, and care for migrants from 8 different OCAM member countries, participated in a three-day workshop (May 18, 19, and 20) on the essential role of communication in these issues.  

20 May, 2021

IOM Launches Urban Gardens for Social Inclusion in Communities in San José, Costa Rica

With the goal of promoting social inclusion among the migrant and Costa Rican population, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a project for urban gardens in two localities of the Costa Rican capital: La 25 de Julio in Hatillo and Relleno in Pavas. The activity was conducted jointly with the Municipality of San José.

19 May, 2021

Panama and Costa Rica strengthen actions to combat migrant smuggling and cybercrime

With the aim of sharing good investigative practices among law enforcement, security, migration and judicial institutions that can strengthen the fight against crime, promote international cooperation and teach us more of the challenges faced by border police forces, Panama and Costa Rica, along with other allied states, participated in the III Binational Meeting on the Investigation of Illicit Trafficking of Migrants Linked to Cybercrime that took place on the 18th and 19th of May, 2021, in a blended session with virtual and on location participants. 

14 May, 2021

  IOM trains COPECO in the inclusion of migrants during emergencies and crises in Honduras

On May 11, 12 and 14, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a virtual event in which 25 volunteers from the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) participated in training sessions on migration. The knowledge acquired will enable them to strengthen their capacities to contribute to better inclusion of the migrant population in emergency and crisis preparedness and response. 

12 May, 2021

IOM inaugurates MIDAS system at two new border crossings in Haiti

The Directorate of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held the inauguration ceremony of the facilities of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at the Cap Haïtien International Airport and at the DIE border crossing in Ouanaminthe.

11 May, 2021

IOM and the Public Ministry of Costa Rica strengthen local efforts to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants

 

This April, Costa Rica held the First Annual Meeting of Local Working Groups for the Integral Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. The activity included a presentation of the results of the work that the groups have conducted since they were formed last year, and the needs identified at the local level to combat these crimes.   

30 April, 2021

IOM trains Dominica tourism stakeholders to improve disaster response plans

IOM, in partnership with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), conducted a two-day workshop in April 2021, on the topic “Protecting Visitors to Dominica in Times of Crisis”.  The workshop produced rich feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, based on local case studies shared during the programme, recounting experiences of service providers during Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

29 April, 2021

Guatemala: IOM and migration authority launched course on national regulations and human mobility

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM) launched the online Course on the Migration Code and its regulations, a tool aimed at the staff of government institutions involved in the migration process, civil society, academia and interested citizens. 

28 April, 2021

Costa Rica: IOM Trained the Municipal Emergency Committee of Talamanca to Include Migrants in Crisis Situations

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) trained staff of the Municipal Emergency Committee of Talamanca, Costa Rica, on the importance of incorporating the migrant population in emergency plans and programmes. The activity addressed the current context of national and international migration, care and protection for vulnerable groups, migrants in emergency situations, and strategies to assist and include this population. 

27 April, 2021

Dominican Republic starts pilot design of border inhabitant card to identify merchants on the border with Haiti

The Dominican Republic initiated a pilot plan for a program to identify border inhabitants coming from the Republic of Haiti. This plan will create a sustained policy of formalization, organization and modernization of the daily entry processes of small traders from Haiti, with the objective of strengthening migration control and establishing institutional normality for small border commerce.