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Governments and Civil Organizations Exchange Techniques to Combat Migrants Smuggling in Times of COVID-19

San José - The Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are organizing the Regional Technical Exchange on Migrant Trafficking webinar series, with the aim of strengthening police and judicial bodies in this area.



IOM and SICA promote the exchange of local experiences on migration

Tegucigalpa - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Central American Integration System (SICA) held two virtual conferences to generate a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences on the local governance of migration in border municipalities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.



IOM Releases Guidelines for Labour Recruiters of Migrant Domestic Workers

Geneva – Globally, there are more than 67 million domestic workers over the age of 15. Eighty per cent are women; one in five is a migrant worker.  



Assisted Voluntary Return for Stranded Costa Ricans in Belize

Belize - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted four-stranded Costa Ricans (one woman and three male adults) in Belize with their voluntary return to San Jose through the Assisted Voluntary Return Program (AVR) on August 28. The migrants had been waiting in Belize since the beginning of March when the borders and the airport were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Profile of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean Reveals Country-to-Country Variations in their Characteristics and Experiences

WASHINGTON — More than 4.3 million of the estimated 5.2 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled the ongoing complex socio-political and economic landscape in their country remain in Latin America or the Caribbean. While the movements have been widespread across the region, they are far from monolithic in their character.  



IOM emphasizes the need for holistic approaches to reception and reintegration of returnees to the Caribbean at capacity-building sessions

Georgetown - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently completed its training workshop Reception and Reintegration of Forced Returnees in the Caribbean. The trainings were held online and in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.



R4V Launches “One Step Closer”, a Campaign in Solidarity with Refugees and Migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean

Panama City, August 24, 2020.- The Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V) launched One Step Closer today, a campaign that promotes messages of empathy, solidarity, and tolerance to refugees and migrants in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the objective of emphasizing how we are united as human beings. 



IOM Survey Illuminates COVID-19's Impact on Migrant Population in Central America, Mexico

San José – Almost 60 per cent of those intending to migrate decided to postpone or cancel their plans due to the pandemic. Over 20 per cent of those already living as migrants are considering returning to their country of origin as soon as their economic conditions or the health measures adopted by their countries allow them to. About half of all migrants in Central America and Mexico lost jobs due to the pandemic. 



World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020

António Vitorino

Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 

 30 July 2020 

 

This year is the twentieth anniversary of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, and its historic Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. 



Launch of Online Course ‘Counter Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings’

Trafficking in persons is one of the most overlooked protection issues in emergency settings. It is often understood as a pre-existing issue that remains constant, regardless of outbreaks of conflict or natural disaster. However, disasters provide the perfect opportunity for traffickers to recruit victims to exploit.