A network of more than 100 youth leaders is being woven to inform about migration with IOM's "Think Twice" campaign in the North of Central America
Youth participation is the engine that enables positive social change in the prevention of irregular migration. "Think Twice" is a campaign of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that develops training processes. Today a network of more than 100 young community leaders have become ambassadors of migration awareness and information.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a series of training processes focused on providing tools for ethical coverage of migration based on international law and evidence. A total of 162 professionals from national and local print media, television, radio and digital media, as well as communicators from public institutions in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama were trained.
Thousands of people have strengthened their skills to identify deceptions and myths about migration, thanks to IOM campaigns
Under the principle that collectively built campaigns can help generate behavioral changes, 12 communities in 6 countries designed and now disseminate information campaigns that were adapted to the local context according to their particularities and needs. These campaigns are not satisfied with simply launching messages in mass media or social networks but have implemented community activities as a key element to trigger action.
In Guatemala, the Hubs are adapted to different community contexts to ensure that the migrant or potential migrant population receives reliable information, guidance on migration procedures and referrals to local services. A team from the International Organization for Migration toured the country, identifying best practices and how they are adapted to each context.
Communication for Development Campaigns Address How Migration Information Needs Changed in the Face of the Pandemic in Mexico and Central America
More than 110 government institutions, civil society organizations and community leaders in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented their Communication for Development campaigns in August and September 2021. These initiatives were developed through evidence-based and participatory strategies that included more than 2,000 people from all communities involved for baselines, creations, and validations.
Migrants Will Have Access to Reliable Information Thanks to the Opening of Two New Information Hubs in Petén
Two new Information Hubs on Migration in the municipalities of La Libertad and Melchor de Mencos, in Petén, will provide information and clear, reliable, and direct advice to migrants and promote safe and orderly migration. Municipal corporations will be responsible for the operation of these Hubs, and the activities planned include training sessions with community actors on the risks of irregular migration and mechanisms for regularization, training processes for migrants and their families, and continuous work to prevent irregular migration in the department’s 14 municipalities.
In recent months there has been a substantial increase in migration flows from Central America to North America, making it increasingly necessary to expand the coverage of secure information channels. Chief among these are the migration information hubs, which in the first quarter of 2021 alone, reported to IOM to have assisted more than 12,000 people in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.