25 August, 2023

IOM promotes cross-sectoral dialogue on ethical recruitment as key to guaranteeing rights of migrant workers

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA. 25 August 2023. As part of the “Program to Strengthen Ethical Recruitment Practices and Capacity Building for Relevant Actors” in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, IOM completed a series of efforts focused on ethical recruitment, prevention of smuggling and trafficking of migrant workers, human rights and protection, and regulation of the hiring process in a cross-border migration context.

23 August, 2023

Governments from Central America and the Caribbean strengthen their capacity building and coordination for better management of labour migration in the region

PANAMA CITY, 23 August 2023. Member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) participated this month in the "Workshop on labour market information systems and labour migration statistics" in Panama City. This event was followed by the "Workshop on the Construction of the Operational Plan of the Regional Action Plan on Labour Mobility" as a preparation for the implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Labour Mobility 2023 - 2027.

2 June, 2023

Civil organizations from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama sign declaration to promote ethical recruitment of migrant workers

June 2nd – SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA. Civil society organizations from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and the United States that provide human rights assistance and support to migrant workers signed a document consisting of 15 agreements to promote the principles of ethical recruitment. This declaration affirms their commitment to the migrant worker population and their rights in countries of origin, transit and destination.

18 May, 2023

IOM strengthens capacities of governments in the region to manage crises and disasters caused by climate change

San Jose - May 18, 2023.  IOM, in partnership with the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), developed the first generation of the course "Comprehensive Approach to Migration in Crisis Situations and Migration due to Climate Change". The course was attended by 22 people involved in risk management and climate change at governmental level in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, as well as officials from the Central American Integration System (SICA).

12 January, 2023

ILO-IOM assessment of construction capacities in Guyana to support in booming infrastructure sector

The International Labour Oganization officially presented to the Ministry of Labour and Government of Guyana the report entitled Prospective occupation and skills needs in the Guyanese construction industry, 2022-2026. The report on the construction sector was supported by the International Organization for Migration’ Western Hemisphere Program, through funding from the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

29 September, 2022

IOM Guyana successfully implements workshop on ethical recruitment practices with government and private sector

Georgetown, 8 September 2022 - The International Organization for Migration, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, yesterday completed the Introduction to Ethical Recruitment and the IRIS Standards workshops at the Guyana Marriot Hotel.

1 June, 2022

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.

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 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.