Dominican Republic, IOM, ILO Work Together for Formalization of Migrant Workers

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migración, Centroamérica

Santo Domingo — The Social Security Treasury (SST) of the Dominican Republic opened a training centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this Wednesday (26/09) with the objective of providing employers with tools for the registration and formalization of Dominican and foreign workers.

Social Security Treasurer Henry Sahdalá, IOM Regional Director Marcelo Pisani, and ILO Socio-Labour Compliance Officer Katherine Martínez presided over the opening ceremony.

Pisani highlighted the vital contribution of migrants to sustainable development and welcomed the efforts carried out by Dominican officials to regularize the migration status of about 200,000 foreigners connected to national production over the last seven years, as well as promoting access to the social security, health, and retirement system with equal opportunities.

“Small and medium enterprises are the biggest drivers of employment in Latin America. Their role to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda such as decent employment and a safe, regular and orderly migration are essential,” affirmed Pisani. “The centre is an important initiative to improve the linkages of migrant workers and offer them greater protection in risk situations.”

At the launch of the training centre, located at the Centre of Assistance for Employers in Plaza Naco, the Social Security Treasurer, Henry Sahdalá, thanked IOM for the donation of the room with a capacity for 30 people and equipped with modern technology to facilitate learning.

Initially, the centre will train trainers who will become teachers for other people who cannot visit the city to receive face-to-face courses at the SST. This model of work will allow trainers to replicate and promote knowledge in a more effective manner.

With the support of IOM, nearly 30 thousand foreign workers who were part of the National Regularization Plan for irregular migrants and their dependents in the Dominican Republic have been registered by their employers to the Dominican Social Security since 2017. This is a significant step towards social cohesion and the successful integration of migrants into society.

For more information, please contact:
Alicia Sangro at IOM Santo Domingo, Tel: +1 809 688 81 74, Email:
Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office in San Jose; Tel: +506 22125352, Email:


'Help Us, Help More': Support IOM’s Efforts to Assist Vulnerable Venezuelans

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18 / 12 / 2018


Geneva – In line with the global theme for International Migrants Day 2018, Migration with Dignity, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) calls on the public to take action and help support vulnerable refugees and migrants from Venezuela in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IOM is reaching out to sympathetic and motivated allies of migrants to be part of the solution. The first in a series of IOM calls for action, Help us, Help more will share stories of the dignity, strength and resilience of people on the move, and will encourage individuals to support vulnerable refugees and migrants along their journeys, through online donations.

There are three million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, of which 2.4 million have left their homes and livelihoods behind in the last three years, in search of a better future. Travelling by air, road or on foot, on average 5,500 Venezuelans have left the country every day in 2018.

Emily Durán, 39, from Valencia, Venezuela, travelled over 1,700 kilometres to Cali, Colombia, where she was making a temporary stop before heading to the Colombia-Ecuador border town of Ipiales. IOM spoke to her about her six-week long journey:

“There were many difficult times on the way,” she explained. “I walked from Cúcuta to Cali… We had to sleep on the streets and had to keep walking for kilometres. It felt like we would never arrive.”

Watch the full interview with Emily Durán here.

Many of the refugees and migrants who enter Colombia opt to remain. Others, like Durán, are making plans to move onwards to Ecuador, Perú, Chile or Argentina. Brazil, México, and select Central American and Caribbean countries have also received Venezuelans.

“Some days I wish I hadn’t left my country, just to face even more troubles,” said Durán. IOM missions in the field provide lifesaving assistance to Venezuelan refugees and migrants through the distribution of food, medicine and emergency kits. In some countries IOM helps Venezuelans find temporary housing, while in others IOM operates transit shelters. Family reunification and cultural integration of Venezuelans, also part of IOM’s mission, help ease the transition into their new lives.

Host communities and governments have been generous with their support. But we need to do more: Help us, Help more

For more information please contact Deepika Nath at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41 22 717 9897, Email: