IOM supports Mexico in the economic recovery of migrant workers

13 July, 2020

The working population in Mexico has been strongly affected by the economic situation generated by COVID-19. The Mexican Social Security Institute reported that, by the end of May, 838.272 jobs had disappeared, 340.000 of them in just one month. Migrant workers have not been exemptedand the situation has been particularly hard on those working in commerce and domestic work, two sectors heavily affected by the physical distancing measures.  


In light of this, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has proposed to develop a series of 3 online sessions (webinar) to address the issue of economic recovery after a labor migration emergency/crisis. 


The first session, "Good practices in local management in crisis situations" was held on 12 June and was aimed at the public sector. On June 30, the second session was held, aimed at the private sector and called "The role of the private sector: policies for entrepreneurship, integration and reintegration". The third session will be held on 15 July and will address the importance of inter-institutional articulation in the response to a crisis.   


"These sessions have sought to support institutions in making decisions and defining actions regarding mechanisms that meet the needs of migrants in the recovery from the crisis, in the short and long term," noted Laura Canché, Coordinator of IOM's Regional Program on Migration: Mesoamerica- the Caribbean in Mexico.   


The program conducts these efforts with support of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).  You can contact Laura Canc at for more information.