“Today environmental problems play a role in migration. Some migrations occur when there is either too much water, as in rising seas, tsunamis and floods, or not enough water. In these countries people depend on the environment for their livelihoods.”
Wennersten, John R. and Denise Robbins. Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the 21st Century.
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Central America is one of the most dynamic migratory corridors in the world. Migrants that come from as far away as Africa and Asia pass through this region; from countries in neighboring regions such as Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela; migrants who leave the countries of northern Central America and Mexico seeking to enter the United States; Nicaraguans who arrive in Costa Rica and Ngäbe Bugle Indians who move from Panama, many of whom go to work in the coffee harvest and then return to their regions of origin.
The world is full of communication campaigns, each competing for the attention of a particular audience and hoping to increase people's understanding and awareness of a topic. However, the creation of these campaigns usually follows institutional and one-dimensional communication lines that rarely incorporate real impact measurement mechanisms.
To combat xenophobia, we must innovate and collaborate. IOM has implemented a number of successful initiatives to combat xenophobia in the region, particularly through Community Outreach and Communication Campaigns. Community outreach projects involve the creation of events and activities that strengthen bonds between migrants and host communities. Our communication campaigns have a wider reach but are also interactive; we collaborate with migrants to share their stories on our platforms. The list below outlines some of the initiatives carried out: