IOM Boosts Protection and Economic Integration of Migrants in Costa Rica

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San José – This week (12/12) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Development Banking System (SBD), agreed to create the Guarantee Fund for migrants in Costa Rica, which will adequately cover loan guarantees and other requirements requested by banking institutions. Migrants regularizing their situation generally face challenges when trying to access loans and banking products.   

The initiative is promoted by the private sector and their contributions will be multiplied by five thanks to the contribution of SBD. Around 25 credit operations for migrants will be granted initially. 

Additionally, IOM Costa Rica officially launched the Business, Migration and Prosperity Program (EMPRO, by its initials in Spanish), which will provide, facilitate and certify companies that offer ethical working conditions for their migrant workers, reducing the risk of labor exploitation in their operations and supply chains.  

EMPRO will focus on four lines of work: legal training for employers on the protection of migrants; orientation for labor migrants before and after their journeys; mapping of the supply chain; and the certification of an Integrity System for International Recruitment for human resources staff. 

“IOM promotes a safe, orderly and dignified migration for the benefit of all, which is reflected in this program by opening a space for young migrants with professional training and work experience, as well as entrepreneurs, to be candidates for the microloans," said Roeland de Wilde, IOM's Chief of Mission in Costa Rica. 

More than 70 persons from various sectors attended the launch of these programs, including Vencr, a civil association that ensures the insertion of migrants in Costa Rica, State ministers, private sector, and ambassadors, among many others. 

Both the Guarantee Fund and EMPRO have the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME for its acronym in Spanish), and various business chambers in Costa Rica. 

For more information, please contact Francisco Furlani at OIM Costa Rica, Tel: +506 2212 5300, Email   

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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


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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

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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: