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.
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