UN Migration Agency Launches Toll-Free Number for Venezuelans in Costa Rica

San Jose – A free telephone information service for Venezuelan migrants currently living in Costa Rica, 800-Venezuela, was launched this week by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with the support of the Costa Rican General Directorate of Migration (DGME) and the National Migration Council.

According to data from the DGME, 8,892 Venezuelans live in Costa Rica under a regular migration status. However, this figure does not include migrants who are in the country irregularly – which IOM estimates to be much higher.

UN Migration Agency to Support Belize Develop New Migration Policy

Belize City – The Government of Belize and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, jointly held the launch of a National Migration and Development Policy for Belize this week (16/05).

UN Migration Agency Marks International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

Geneva - In a world where more than a third of countries criminalize consensual same-sex relationships, disclosing your gender identity and sexual orientation can be extremely dangerous. For internally displaced members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community, it can also cripple livelihoods and even be life-threatening.

The injustice that the LGBTI community faces in non-emergency settings does not simply disappear in times of crisis or when people become displaced, in fact, it is usually amplified. 

Regional Consultative Processes on Migration of the Americas Meet in Uruguay

Montevideo – Representatives of 21 Member States of the two Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs) of the Americas, the South American Conference on Migration (SCM) and the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), met this week (8-9/ 05) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

IOM, USAID Promote Good Practice on Reintegration of Returned Migrants in Central America’s Northern Triangle

San Salvador – This week (08-09/05) a regional meeting on the reintegration of returned migrants was held in El Salvador, in which experts from eight countries of the region exchanged experiences on return migration and the reintegration of people on the move.

Regional Conference on Migration Promotes Consular Protection for Migrant Workers

Panama – Fifty officials from the member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) this week (25-26/04) participated in a workshop on the protection of migrant workers. The participants oversee the protection of their compatriots abroad as well as labour mobility issues, as officers in consulates and ministries of foreign affairs or labour in their countries. 

First Caribbean Network to Fight Human Trafficking Meets in Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain – This week witnessed the inaugural gathering of a regional counter-trafficking network hosted by the government of Trinidad and Tobago and supported by the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

UN Migration Agency Committed to Beating Malaria through Partnership and Action

Geneva – On World Malaria Day (25/04), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

IOM Opens Migration Information Centre, Launches MigrantApp in Belize

Belmopan  IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (18/04) in Belize, launched a Migration Information Centre and the MigrantApp, a mobile app which provides migrants with free and reliable information on regular migration options in Mesoamerica.

UN Migration Agency Strengthens Attention of Returned Migrants in Western Honduras

Tegucigalpa - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) delivered computer equipment and furniture to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as a contribution to the Municipal Units of Attention to Returned Migrants (UMAR) inaugurated today (20/04) in Gracias and La Esperanza, Honduras.