Opportunities to stay: preventing irregular migration in Nicaragua

21 / 05 / 2018 | Migration and Development | Jean Pierre Mora

In Central America, different cities face different problems generating employment opportunities and quality education for their young populations.Those obstacles cause the young to migrate—usually to other cities or countries in the hope of improving their living conditions. Unfortunately, in most cases, this international migration occurs irregularly, exposing young people to different risks and dangerous conditions.

Is there such a thing as a victim of smuggling?

16 / 04 / 2018 | Immigration and Border Management | Rosilyne Borland

Is there such a thing as a victim of smuggling? No, and here’s why. Smuggling is a violation of a country’s migration policy. It is an illegal border crossing organized by someone else – the smuggler – for a price. This means that the victim of the crime of smuggling, technically speaking, is the state, not the migrant who pays for this “service”.

Universal health: three proposals for the inclusion of migrants

06 / 04 / 2018 | Migration and Health | Carlos Van der Laat

World Health Day forces us to reflect on the habits that could cause a negative effect on our health and on the measures, we must take to minimize the risks to a disease. It forces us to eat better, to perform more physical activity, to avoid stress and fundamentally to perform medical examinations that allow us to detect and treat all kinds of illness in time. But what happens when people migrate? Many of those factors, habits and conditions that are already known and that determine your health are modified. 

Four stories to imagine the future of international migration

04 / 04 / 2018 | Migration and Development | Salvador Gutiérrez

Futurology, that is, the discipline (or art?) of guessing the mediate and distant future in a systematic way; it has always been reserved for a few philosophers, adventurers, scientists, writers, filmmakers and more recently for a growing number of geeks and dreamers. However, thinking about the future must be everyone's business. Because imagining scenarios helps to make decisions and forecasts for what may come, but also to avoid risks and avoid obstacles to achieve the future we want.

Towards a more humane governance of migrations

04 / 04 / 2018 | Migration Governance | Marcelo Pisani

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, promotes that migration takes place in a humane and orderly manner, providing services and assistance to governments and migrants. As part of this mission, IOM advocates and engages only in those migration governance initiatives that represent the best solutions, both for migrants and for their countries and communities of origin, transit, destination and return. Based on this principle, IOM does not engage, participate or advocate for any type of forced return, including deportations. Deportation is the act of the State in the exercise of its sovereignty by which it sends a foreigner out of its territory, to another place, after refusing its admission or if the permit to remain in that State has been terminated.