IOM and partners train border officials of the Eastern Caribbean to manage disaster displacement

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Costa Rica – IOM partnered over the month of June with different entities (GIZ, PDD, UNHCR) under the leadership of the Commission of the OECS and CARICOM IMPACS to train border officials of the Eastern Caribbean on different aspects of disaster displacement.

The objective of the training was to assist border officials in improving their response to disaster displacement flows that could happen should persons from one country be forced to move across borders in the event of hurricanes. Delivered virtually over three mornings in June 2020, the training included the participation of 160 representatives from nine Caribbean countries and territories, namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to scientific previsions, due to several climatic factors, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season may witness 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. By mid-June 2020, three tropical storms have already been named – Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal – which represents an unusual fast start for strong activity.

These projections draw similarities to the recent 2017 hurricane season, which was the strongest since 2005 with six storms of category 3 and above. Notably hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria broke havoc across the Caribbean, producing over 3 million displacements. This required a coordinated response from Caribbean governments as populations moved both within and outside their countries.

The training was divided in three separate units covering different topics:

  • Experiences and practices in disaster displacement in the Caribbean;
  • Border management tools and mechanisms;
  • Protection needs for disaster displaced persons.

The training was organized as a contribution to the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) Plan of Action on Human Mobility in Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change. While it was initially delivered in the CBSI platform, the plan is to replicate the training modules on IOM’s ECampus system to ensure their availability to a wider audience.

For more information please contact Pablo Escribano:

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Last thematic webinars related to the Regional Review of the Global Compact on Migration

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18 / 01 / 2021

San Jose -  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), jointly with other agencies, funds and programmes (AFPs) from the United Nations Network on Migration, invite governments, regional processes, civil society organizations and the general audience to participate in the last two sessions of the series of five information webinars organized as part of the regional review of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordely and Regular Migration.

Every webinar addresses one of five thematic areas that group the 23 objectives of the Compact. The purpose of these webinars is to raise awareness and inform all relevant stakeholders, including governments and civil society, about the objectives of the Compact and its corresponding commitments.
The regional review of the Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean offers a first opportunity for a debate led by States on the implementation of the Global Compact that will:
enable governments, regional processes and platforms and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, diasporas and migrants to undertake a first assessment of progress made in implementing the Global Compact;
serve as a forum in which challenges and opportunities will be highlighted, gaps identified, regional priorities discussed and resource requirements for implementing the Global Compact identified;
provide a common platform for interaction among all relevant stakeholders, the exchange of lessons learned and best practices, and promoting peer learning within the region, building on other coordination processes in the region that might enrich the review of the Global Compact;
facilitate the formulation of key findings and recommendations to inform the 2022 International Migration Review Forum; 
consider the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the implementation of the Global Compact.


To join the upcoming webinars:

Webinar #4 – 21 January, 2021


Click here to register.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the information to join the webinar.

Spanish-English interpretation will be available.


Webinar #5 – 28 January, 2021

Click here to register.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the information to join the webinar.

Spanish-English interpretation will be available.


Both webinars will also be broadcast through the IOM Facebook page for the Caribbean:


To learn more about the Review of the Global Compact, visit

For more information on the events contact Rudi Maxwald, email: