Immigration and Border Management

5 Recommendations for Alternatives to Immigration Detention during COVID-19

Any legislation, policy or practice aimed at preventing the unnecessary detention of persons for reasons related to their migration status, can be considered as an alternative to migrant detention, whether formal or informal, according to IOM.

Border Officers: How to respond to COVID19

The COVID19 pandemic has sparked differing responses throughout the world. In Central America and the Caribbean, a common response has been the closure of borders or alterations in border management policies. 

In implementing these changes and working through the pandemic, IOM offers the following five recommendations to personnel involved in Immigration and Border Management.   

Desafíos y respuestas para las transversalización del enfoque de género en las políticas migratorias a nivel regional

We know that a significant number of women cross borders every day for different reasons: poverty, lack of opportunities, environmental risk, natural disasters, persecution, gender-based violence and other reasons that affect their well-being or that of their families.

Migrant Caravans: Explained

What are migrant caravans?

The term ‘migrant caravans’ emerged as a way to describe the large groups of people moving by land across international borders. Migrant caravans from Northern Central America have increased in number and frequency since 2018.

How can Central American migrants become regularized in Mexico?

Thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and Central American refugees go north in search of better opportunities. Most of these people leave from Northern Central American countries (PNCA - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador).

Is there such a thing as a victim of smuggling? No, and here’s why. Smuggling is a violation of a country’s migration policy. It is an illegal border crossing organized by someone else – the smuggler – for a price. This means that the victim of the crime of smuggling, technically speaking, is the state, not the migrant who pays for this “service”.

In January 2016, the Government of Belize with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), held a preparatory meeting to assess the possibility to move towards the establishment of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC), a Regional Consultative Process (RCP) in the Caribbean. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight Caribbean Governments.