IOM and the RCM aim to make to make the economic, social and cultural contributions of the diasporas of the region more visible
Due to the fundamental role diasporas play in migration, the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held the Forum for the promotion, development, linkage and capitalization of the contributions of diasporas. Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Member States, as well as representatives of organizations responsible for the identification, linkage or integration of the diaspora participated in the event, which was also attended by representatives of the Salvadoran diaspora.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTPS) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), presented the Labor Market Information System of El Salvador (SIMEL) on December 1, 2021. This is a virtual tool that allows the production, storage, dissemination and use of information on this market and contributes to the knowledge of labour migration indicators, as well as to the formulation of evidence-based policies and strategies.
Key government officials from five countries participated in a regional exchange on the implementation of bilateral labour migration programs
Over 35 government officials from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, representing the ministries of foreign affairs, labour, health, agriculture and migration institutes, successfully concluded a four-day experience exchange on labour migration programs.
On October 29, more than 50 people from the member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) concluded a training and awareness-raising process for employment counselors. The course sought to provide context on labour migration in the region, inform about the profiles of migrants and improve practices for their inclusion in the labour market.
On September 16th, the International Organization for Migration discussed key findings on ethical recruitment, based on the new Study entitled: Mapping the current needs of the Citrus Industry regarding Labour Migration and Ethical Recruitment Practices in Belize. The Labour Force Survey 2020 indicates that migrants make up 18.7 percent of the Belizean labour force, but over 70 percent of the workers in the citrus industry.
Guatemala held a virtual meeting with public officials and specialists in the field from Mexico and El Salvador. Participants had the opportunity to discuss best practices and analyze areas for improvement in their data record-keeping. Among the speakers were representatives from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), the Migration Policy, Registration and Identity Unit of the Mexican Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of El Salvador.