Central American Officials Debate Regional Migration Policies, Migrant Smuggling

Guatemala – To analyze progress and challenges of human mobility in the region, specifically in the areas of migrants smuggling and migration policies, government authorities of nine countries this week (15-16/11), gathered in the city of Guatemala for the 45th meeting of the Central American Commission of Migration Directors (OCAM).

IOM to Assist 1,600 Families Affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cuba – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will assist approximately 1,600 families in the hardest hit municipalities by Hurricane Irma in the Villa Clara province, Cuba, delivering mattress and bed sheet sets.

2017 PLURAL+ Award Winners Announced at UN HQ

New York – On Thursday (09/11) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) celebrated young filmmakers from around the world at the 2017 PLURAL+ International Youth Video Festival and Awards at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Migration Agency Contributes to Municipal Development in El Salvador

Usulután – Representatives from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, USAID, El Salvador’s Presidency and municipal Mayors of San Miguel, Usulután and Zacatecoluca today (14/11) launched the regeneration of public areas that will directly benefit 9,000 Salvadoran families, among them returned migrants.

UN Migration Agency Supports Dominica Rebuilding Post-Hurricane Maria

Dominica – Twenty teams of local tradesmen, carpenters, and assistants, all trained by IOM, the UN Migration Agency on safe construction skills, are rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricane Maria in Dominica. The teams are deployed in Wesley, Calibishi and Woodford Hill, three of the hardest-hit communities on the Caribbean island.

UN Migration Agency Delivers Fraud Detection Equipment to Government of Nicaragua

Managua – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, made a donation this week of technical equipment to Nicaragua’s General Directorate of Migration (DGME) to improve capacity for fraud detection of false and forged documents among immigration officials of the National School of Migration “Comandante Ricardo Morales Avilés.”

PLURAL+ 2017 Award Winners to be Honoured at the United Nations in New York

New York – On 9 November, young film makers from around the world will be honoured at the 2017 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival and Awards. The ceremony will be hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by Ahmed Badr, a young artist, published author, photographer and poet.

UN Migration Agency challenges migrant Youtubers to combat xenophobia and discrimination

San Jose – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched the I Am a Migrant Challenge targeting migrant Youtubers to get involved with the combat of xenophobic and racist speeches against migrants. The challenge consists in posting a video in which Youtubers are going to tell their own migration experience.  

UN Migration Agency Responding to Urgent Shelter Needs of Thousands Affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica

Dominica – Three weeks after the devastating crossing of Category 5 Hurricane Maria over Dominica, islanders are in dire need of water, electricity, food and other supplies. However, the most urgent need for the long term is housing.

UN Migration Agency Launches Mobile App for Migrants in Mesoamerica

San José – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched the MigrantApp, the first pilot of an IOM global initiative to provide information to facilitate regular, safe and orderly migration using mobile devices. The MigrantApp provides reliable, rapid, safe and free information in three languages on governmental, private and civil society services for migrants. The app, which has been available for over two weeks, has been downloaded by more than 700 users so far.