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Preparation Underway for Regional Dialogue on Human Mobility & Climate Change

Roseau, 28 February 2021 – Environmental migration and the increasing importance of understanding how people move after disasters such as hurricanes, landslides, storms, floods, droughts and coastal erosion, will be the subject of upcoming national workshops over the next few weeks in five independent OECS member states.



Migrant smuggling in Mexico and Central America was never "quarantined" during 2020, says IOM study.

San José - A recent study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Central America and Mexico analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the migration flows involving migrant smugglers. The main findings indicate that smuggling has continued to happen, even though flows have diminished since the beginning of 2020.



IOM distributes 160 tablets to address digital learning gap amid COVID-19

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with its nonprofit partner, USA for IOM, and Citi Trinidad & Tobago, distributed 160 electronic tablets to primary schools and other organisations on February 10 and 11. This handover of electronic tablets to the Office of Law Enforcement Policy, Ministry of National Security, primary schools and non-governmental organizations was part of an initiative to narrow the digital learning gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Migrants Play Key Role in Disaster Response, IOM Explores Diaspora’s Engagement in Humanitarian Assistance

Washington, DC – Many people, when they consider the contributions of migrants to their countries of origin, think first of remittance flows —the billions of dollars travelling annually between high income, “developed” destination countries to lower income regions in the Global South. 



IOM Welcomes President Joe Biden’s Executive Actions on Migration

 

Washington – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) applauds President Joe Biden’s plans to address the drivers of migration and advance safe, orderly and regular migration in the region. These steps will provide a framework to expand refugee resettlement, asylum and protection mechanisms in North and Central America. The administration also outlined its commitment to address the root causes of irregular migration and displacement, explore humane options for vulnerable populations and enhance regular pathways for migration to the United States.



IOM hosts Successful Workshop on Human Mobility & Climate Change in the OECS

Roseau– On 21-22 January 2021, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) successfully held a two-day workshop on Climate Change and Human Mobility Data, in Dominica. The consultation was the first of a series of six national workshops that will be held across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as part of a wider project: “Regional Dialogue to Address Human Mobility and Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean”.   



IOM deploys humanitarian assistance and monitoring for caravan migrants

Chiquimula, Guatemala.- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) deployed two teams to provide humanitarian assistance and monitor the situation of the approximately 7,500 migrants who decided to migrate in caravan mode from Honduras to Mexico and the United States. 



Last thematic webinars related to the Regional Review of the Global Compact on Migration

San Jose -  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), jointly with other agencies, funds and programmes (AFPs) from the United Nations Network on Migration, invite governments, regional processes, civil society organizations and the general audience to participate in the last two sessions of the series of five information webinars organized as part of the regional review of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordely and Regular Migration.



EU, IOM, UNHCR to Support Peaceful Integration of Refugees and Migrants across Latin American, Caribbean Communities Affected by Covid-19

The European Union (EU), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are joining forces to promote integration and peaceful coexistence among refugees, migrants and vulnerable host communities in a new initiative being launched in 11 countries throughout Central, South America and the Caribbean.

The joint initiative will assist communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing greater access to social protection services and support to lessen the pandemic's socioeconomic impact and enhance efforts for long-term recovery.



IOM and UNHCR saddened at deaths of refugees and migrants in shipwreck off Venezuela coast

Joint UNHCR – IOM Statement

Panama - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are deeply distressed by the death or disappearance at sea of up to 25 refugees and migrants from Venezuela, including children, after their boat capsized en route to Trinidad and Tobago. According to reports, between 14 and 21 bodies were found over the weekend floating in waters near the Venezuelan coastal town of Guiria. Search and rescue efforts continue as there may be others still missing at sea.