Regional research team advances in the analysis of Labor Market Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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On May 23 and 24, 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the regional team of researchers in charge of the study "Analysis of Labor Markets Information Systems in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras: towards a greater integration of labor migration" held their first meeting in San José, Costa Rica. This study is implemented by the Central American Institute for Social Studies and Development (INCEDES), at the request of IOM and ILO, under the framework of the labor migration component of IOM Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity-Building Program funded by the US Department of State.

According to Gustavo Gatica, coordinator of the research team, the importance of the study on labor markets information systems (LMIS) is to know the operation and dynamics of these systems in the countries of study and how these systems are used in a context of migration and labor mobility. LMIS are understood as the set of structures, procedures and institutional mechanisms that provide data that allow to monitor the behavior of the current labor market; the needs of employers in a given period, in different areas of economic activity; it also provides information on the existence of labor force in a country or region according to the profiles required for such economic activities.

Alexandra Bonnie, regional coordinator of the Western Hemisphere Program, emphasized that this research aims to strengthen information management capacities on labor migration in governments and other stakeholders in the countries included in the study, including the preparation of recommendations for policy makers to guarantee that employment policies and migration policies are evidence-based about the needs of labor markets and the migrant population.

One of the relevant aspects of this study is that it is carried out within the framework of the Collaboration Agreement between IOM and ILO, signed in December 2018. In this regard, Leonardo Ferreira Neves, Deputy Director of the ILO Office for Central America, Haiti, Panama and the Dominican Republic, recognized the need for both United Nations agencies to accompany this research with the extensive experience and information available to their national and regional offices.

This first regional meeting of the research team will allow to discuss the objectives that are intended to be achieved with the study and the development of an uniform theoretical and methodological approach.

IOM Launches USD 10 Million Appeal to Respond to Hurricane Dorian Damage in The Bahamas

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11 / 10 / 2019

Nassau – A month after the landing of Hurricane Dorian, IOM has launched a USD 10 million appeal as the funding requirement from September 2019 until April 2020 to enhance its support to the government of The Bahamas related to the recovery efforts. The death toll after the Category-5 storm has increased to 61 persons and over 600 are still missing.

These funds would support IOM operations focusing on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM); shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI); Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM); Integrated Registration System (SIRA); counter-trafficking; emergency evacuations; protection; disaster risk reduction; livelihoods, and public works. IOM has established already two offices in The Bahamas: Nassau (New Providence) and Marsh Harbour (Abaco), and plans to open a third one in Freeport (Grand Bahamas).

IOM is already supporting The Bahamas with funding from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), representing USD 1.9 million of the appeal. These grants have enabled IOM to start debris removal in Abaco partnering with the NGO Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).

“Hurricane Dorian caused widespread devastation on the islands of Abaco, from Marsh Harbour to the North, and Grand Bahama, from Pelican Point east to McLean’s Town, leaving behind a trail of destroyed infrastructure and clogged with debris from devastated houses, domestic goods, vehicles and natural debris like trees and mangroves uprooted by the storm surge,” said Nazif Aliu, IOM officer in Abaco. “We are removing over 100 cubic meters of debris daily. This operation is coordinated with the government of The Bahamas, through its emergency response agency NEMA, which is leading the organized planning of debris removal.”

The Government of The Bahamas has formally requested IOM support to relocate Bahamian citizens stranded in the United States after their evacuation following Hurricane Dorian.

Download the appeal here.

For more information please contact Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, Tel: +506 7203 6536, Email: