Honduras: construction of migration policy continues, with civil society participation

12 November, 2020

Since last year, at the request of the Secretariat of Governance, Justice and Decentralization, IOM has supported the construction of a migration policy in Honduras, through the advice of international experts.


As part of this process, a working session was established last October with civil society organizations, with the objective of presenting them with the background, progress and next phases in the process of building a comprehensive migration policy for Honduras. 


Likewise, the Secretariat of Governance, Justice and Decentralization (SGJD) arranged a meeting with the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Disasters in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), with the objective of linking migration policy with initiatives in regional spaces related to risk management. In addition to IOM, the Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD) and UNDRR (United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction) participated.


The meeting consisted of taking up the results of the study Migrants in Risk Reduction and Emergency Management in Central America and sharing some inputs on other regional initiatives. On the other hand, the International Advisor on Migration Policies of the IOM for Honduras, presented the general methodology that has been used to build the policy and the thematic axes, within which risk management is included.


For IOM, it is essential that this policy has the consensus of the largest possible number of actors in government, national congress, central and municipal levels, civil society, academia and the private sector to continue working together for a more humane, more orderly and safer migration.


The main objective of this support is to facilitate and guide the initiative that the Government of Honduras has in designing a comprehensive migration policy and thus contribute to manage migration in a sustainable and humane manner. 


The development of Honduras' first migration policy is supported by IOM, within the framework of the Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.