Regional Consultative Processes on Migration of the Americas Meet in Uruguay

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Montevideo – Representatives of 21 Member States of the two Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs) of the Americas, the South American Conference on Migration (SCM) and the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), met this week (8-9/ 05) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The plenary meeting of both RCPs also included the participation of IOM, the UN Migration Agency as Technical Secretariat of the SCM and support agency for the Technical Secretariat of the RCM, as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Observer Organizations.

This is the first time that all the Member States of both RCPs have met to address migration in the hemisphere. The two main issues discussed were the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the extra-regional and extra-continental migration flows.

Moreover, it allowed the exchange of experiences of the States in dealing with extra-regional and extra-continental migration flows and identifying topics of common interest about these dynamics.

During the opening ceremony, Ariel Bergamino, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and Presidency Pro Tempore of the SCM, underscored the importance of the meeting for the construction of consensus between the two regions, the exchange of experiences and international cooperation.

Luis Miguel Hincapié, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panamá and Presidency Pro Tempore of the RCM, welcomed the progress, projects and achievements made jointly with other countries in areas of social, economic and cultural rights of migrants and their families.

Hincapié highlighted the contributions that both Regional Consultative Processes have given in the formulation of regional actions that improve how migration is addressed by the international law and the human rights.

"Achieving deeper regional coordination and cooperation allows us to improve migration governance, aimed at creating operational cooperation mechanisms by applying best practices," Hincapié added.

The SCM and the RCM are two of the 16 RCPs around the world that bring together representatives of States at the regional level, in a space of non-binding dialogue for the exchange of information and good practices on issues of common interest related to migration.

For more information, please contact Juliana Quintero at the IOM Regional Office in Buenos Aires, Tel. + (54) 11 32488134, Email: or Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office in Costa Rica, Tel: + (506) 2212 5352, Email:


Statement on Assisted Voluntary Return in Nicaragua

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15 / 04 / 2019

In reference to the announcement by the Nicaraguan government about the launch of an Assisted Voluntary Return program for Nicaraguans, IOM can report:

  • IOM received a formal request from the government of Nicaragua through a letter sent asking us to support an assisted voluntary return program for Nicaraguans abroad. The IOM Office in Nicaragua agreed to analyze the Government's proposal and study the program once its details are known.
  • IOM looks forward to cooperating with the voluntary, dignified and safe return of Nicaraguan migrants, in the framework of concerted work with all sectors of Nicaraguan society, including the government as well as civil society organizations and other interested key actors.
  • IOM's voluntary return programs are based on the free and well-informed decision of the migrants themselves, who request support to return to their country of origin. In addition, they strictly adhere to the principles of respect for human rights, dignity, security and confidentiality of personal data.
  • Since 1979, IOM has facilitated the voluntary return of more than one and a half million people to their countries of origin, in strict compliance with Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which establishes the right of every person to return to his or her country.
  • Voluntary assisted return and reintegration (AVRR) is an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management that aims at the return and reintegration, in orderly and humane conditions, of migrants who cannot or do not wish to remain in the host or transit countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.


International Organization for Migration, Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean

San José, Costa Rica, April 15, 2019