Dominican Republic, IOM, ILO Work Together for Formalization of Migrant Workers

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Santo Domingo — The Social Security Treasury (SST) of the Dominican Republic opened a training centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this Wednesday (26/09) with the objective of providing employers with tools for the registration and formalization of Dominican and foreign workers.

Social Security Treasurer Henry Sahdalá, IOM Regional Director Marcelo Pisani, and ILO Socio-Labour Compliance Officer Katherine Martínez presided over the opening ceremony.

Pisani highlighted the vital contribution of migrants to sustainable development and welcomed the efforts carried out by Dominican officials to regularize the migration status of about 200,000 foreigners connected to national production over the last seven years, as well as promoting access to the social security, health, and retirement system with equal opportunities.

“Small and medium enterprises are the biggest drivers of employment in Latin America. Their role to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda such as decent employment and a safe, regular and orderly migration are essential,” affirmed Pisani. “The centre is an important initiative to improve the linkages of migrant workers and offer them greater protection in risk situations.”

At the launch of the training centre, located at the Centre of Assistance for Employers in Plaza Naco, the Social Security Treasurer, Henry Sahdalá, thanked IOM for the donation of the room with a capacity for 30 people and equipped with modern technology to facilitate learning.

Initially, the centre will train trainers who will become teachers for other people who cannot visit the city to receive face-to-face courses at the SST. This model of work will allow trainers to replicate and promote knowledge in a more effective manner.

With the support of IOM, nearly 30 thousand foreign workers who were part of the National Regularization Plan for irregular migrants and their dependents in the Dominican Republic have been registered by their employers to the Dominican Social Security since 2017. This is a significant step towards social cohesion and the successful integration of migrants into society.

For more information, please contact:
Alicia Sangro at IOM Santo Domingo, Tel: +1 809 688 81 74, Email:
Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office in San Jose; Tel: +506 22125352, Email:


migración, Centroamérica

Caribbean governments exchange experiences managing migrant and refugee flows in conjunction with IOM and UNHCR

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03 / 07 / 2019

The Caribbean region faces an increasingly complex mixed migration phenomenon including asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people, and vulnerable migrants. It is a region of destination and transit for thousands of people, including people needing international protection, each year. To mark World Refugee Day, on June 20 the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC), in coordination with representatives from IOM and UNHCR, presented a webinar to work directly with Caribbean governments to discuss effective systems for protecting refugees.

During this online event, participants addressed global trends and priorities related to the protection of refugees, and discussed the two tools promoted by UNHCR within the framework of CMC, the Technical Guide for Refugee Legislation in the Caribbean and the Checklist for a Comprehensive Asylum System.

Additionally, the webinar served as a space for sharing best practices in the region. Christopher Eakin, Director of Policy and Strategic Management of the Ministry of Employment and Border Control of the Cayman Islands, presented issues related to the asylum system and experience protecting refugees in the Cayman Islands, accompanied by Bruce Smith, Deputy Chief of Border Control, and Joey Scott, Deputy Chief.

A total of 36 representatives of Caribbean countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago participated.

“I am very pleased with this CMC webinar, an excellent way to unite the countries of the region and maintain close collaboration efforts. I would like to see this as a permanent arrangement,” commented José Laurent of the Ministry of Legal Affairs in Antigua and Barbuda.

“These spaces for engagement are extremely important since they facilitate technical training for governments, regional dialogue among stakeholders, and interactive learning for all parties, including for IOM,” concluded Brendan Tarnay, Project Coordinator for the Caribbean.

Click here to watch the webinar.

For more information, contact Brendan Tarnay at the Regional Office of IOM for Central America, North America, and the Caribbean. Phone: +506 2212 5304, Email: