IOM and the Government of Mexico City sign a collaboration agreement on International Migrants Day

Date Publish: 
12/19/2019

Mexico City - On December 18, in commemoration of International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Secretariat of Inclusion and Social Welfare (SIBISO) of Mexico City signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen the capacities of public servants for the adoption, management and sustainability of initiatives that facilitate the access of migrants to reliable migration orientation and social services in the capital of the country.

“With the collaboration agreement, Mexico City joins the 15 active Information Windows that IOM has promoted through the Regional Program on Migration, which is currently in the states of Chiapas, Baja California, Quintana Roo, Puebla, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas,” explained IOM Head of Mission in Mexico, Christopher Gascon, at the event held at Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl.

The cooperation between IOM and SIBISO strengthens the integration and social cohesion of migrants in their new places of destination. "This theme not only implies the recognition of migrants as active members of the societies to which they belong, but also of the communities that welcome them and those in which they can develop," said Gascon.

The Secretary of Inclusion and Social Welfare of Mexico City, Almudena Ocejo Rojo, recalled the special role that city plays in the area of migration: “At the beginning of this year the first caravan of migrants was welcomed, [and this year] between 7,000 and 9,000 migrants passed through,” he said. “The Secretariat is reinforcing the tasks they manage together for a comprehensive care policy for migrants, and that no one is considered illegal because of their immigration status,” concluded Ocejo.

For his part, the Director for the Southern Border and Regional Migration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marco Antonio Fraire Bustillos, said that “Mexico has been a country with a prominent role in the issue of migration,” and stressed the effort from the Mexican Government and the SRE to “address the structural causes that motivate migration”.

The event was attended by the Resident Coordinator of UN Mexico, Antonio Molpeceres, who read a message from the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. Migrants who will benefit from this initiative also attended.

The commemoration of International Migrants Day provides the opportunity to think about the millions of people who are outside their places of origin and to reiterate how important it is to respect for the rights and dignity of all.

For more information, contact the Communication & Media department of ​​IOM Mexico, email: iommexicocomunica@iom.int, Tel: +55 5536 3922 Ext. 119.

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United States Funds IOM Humanitarian Assistance for Vulnerable Migrants Affected by COVID-19

Date Publish: 
26 / 05 / 2020

Washington DC – The Government of the United States is providing nearly USD 28.5 million in new funds to support the International Organization for Migration (IOM) COVID-19 response globally. The contribution will provide vital humanitarian assistance to refugees, vulnerable migrants and host communities in almost 30 countries.  

Since the outbreak started, more than 4.5 million cases and over 300,000 deaths have been reported worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Concentrations of cases amongst migrants in different parts of the world have continued to emerge in recent weeks. 

Migrants are often vulnerable due to the circumstances of their journey, and the pandemic has only exacerbated those conditions. Many encounter obstacles in accessing adequate shelter, food, medical care and essential supplies. Finding credible, culturally and linguistically tailored information on risks, hygiene and services can sometimes be another barrier. 

“The lack of health resources can leave migrants exposed to vulnerable and exploitative situations,” said  IOM Director General António Vitorino.  

“IOM is especially concerned with meeting the growing  needs of displaced populations most at risk, including women and girls, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.” 

Support from the United States will help address the increasing threats and challenges affecting migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Turkey and other countries. Scaling up preparedness and response measures as well as delivering basic services to people on the move is critical in order to minimize COVID-19's spread and reduce mortality rates. 

IOM launched its revised COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan of $499 million to tackle the far-reaching consequences of this public health crisis. The US donation now brings the total amount funded to nearly USD 100 million or 20 per cent.  

For more information, please contact Liz Lizama at IOM Washington, Tel.+1 202 716 8820, Email: elizama@iom.int