Caribbean Countries Tackle Data Collection Challenges in Regional Workshop

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Montego Bay – Representatives of 13 countries participated in a specialised workshop this week (24-25/09), through which the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and its initiative for Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) promoted coordination and collaboration in the collection and analysis of migration data in the region.

“Data analysis has been one of the main weaknesses for an adequate management of migration in the Caribbean. The availability of relevant and high-quality information is still very limited,” noted Marcelo Pisani, Regional Director of IOM for Central America, North America and the Caribbean.

“In response to this need, we organized a workshop that enables decision-makers to know best practices for collection and management of migratory data, gathering important representatives of migration agencies and statistical institutions to better comprehend and use data linked to migration, refugee protection and development policies,” Pisani added.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) and UNHCR also collaborated to successfully run this in event under the CMC framework.

The initiative aims to assess migration data needs in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda. Participants identified challenges, gaps, needs, opportunities, resources and best practices utilized by other countries for the management of migration information, with the purpose of developing feasible mechanisms to improve collection, analysis and exchange of information in the region.

Accurate and relevant migration data could allow states to strengthen and better focus their responses to natural disasters and human movements, increasing the positive impact of interventions, projects and programmes. 

“Interventions designed using quality data have the opportunity for far greater effectiveness in migration management, as well as for the protection and assistance of identified and targeted groups,” said Brendan Tarnay, IOM Project Coordinator for CMC. “Quality data and data sharing can significantly reduce the number of duplicated records in public services. The work and collaboration at this CMC meeting will lead to greater inter-agency communication and data sharing, a priority already identified by participating governments.”

The regional workshop was made possible with support from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), and the cooperation of the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC).

For more information, please contact Brendan Tarnay at the IOM Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean; Tel: +506 2212 5312, Email:

IOM, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg sign regional project for migrant women

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28 / 11 / 2019

Managua. In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a project to promote the inclusion of measures to protect migrant women and prevent gender-based violence in public policies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

This regional project reaffirms the commitment and efforts of IOM and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to continue working for the protection of women, especially those in migratory contexts.

“This project is very interesting as it is aligned with three of the baselines of our partnership - support for projects that respond to a regional problem; migration, a very important issue not only for our partnership but for all our foreign policy; and gender, which allows us to focus through this project on migrant women, given that among the people who migrate, women are the most vulnerable” said Joe Geisbusch, chargé d'affaires a.i. at the Luxembourg Embassy in Nicaragua.

“Women represent approximately 53 percent of the total Central American intra-regional migrant population, according to a study we undertook on 2018” said Paola Zepeda, Head of Office at IOM Nicaragua. “The migration of women is caused by many factors and the lack of documentation and irregular migratory situation of most migrant women in transit through Central America makes it difficult to provide access to information, assistance and due processes and therefore guarantee their fundamental rights”, explained Zepeda.

Among the results of the project, it is expected to strengthen coordination between different regional bodies, promote authorities’ and social actors’ awareness of violence that affects migrant women at the regional level and improve comprehensive support during the psycho-socio-economic reintegration of migrant women and their families.

Included as part of the project, the II Regional Congress on Women in Migratory Contexts - “Women in Migration: Gender, Human Rights and Empowerment” will be held, in San José, Costa Rica from December 3 to the 5, 2019, with the support of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM). The event will be broadcast live and the promotional video can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5, specifically SDG 5.2 related to eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

For more info please contact Anabell Cruz at IOM Nicaragua, Email:, Tel: +505 8285 6049