14 May, 2021

  IOM trains COPECO in the inclusion of migrants during emergencies and crises in Honduras

On May 11, 12 and 14, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a virtual event in which 25 volunteers from the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) participated in training sessions on migration. The knowledge acquired will enable them to strengthen their capacities to contribute to better inclusion of the migrant population in emergency and crisis preparedness and response. 

12 May, 2021

IOM inaugurates MIDAS system at two new border crossings in Haiti

The Directorate of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held the inauguration ceremony of the facilities of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at the Cap Haïtien International Airport and at the DIE border crossing in Ouanaminthe.

11 May, 2021

IOM and the Public Ministry of Costa Rica strengthen local efforts to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants


This April, Costa Rica held the First Annual Meeting of Local Working Groups for the Integral Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. The activity included a presentation of the results of the work that the groups have conducted since they were formed last year, and the needs identified at the local level to combat these crimes.   

30 April, 2021

IOM trains Dominica tourism stakeholders to improve disaster response plans

IOM, in partnership with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), conducted a two-day workshop in April 2021, on the topic “Protecting Visitors to Dominica in Times of Crisis”.  The workshop produced rich feedback from a broad range of stakeholders, based on local case studies shared during the programme, recounting experiences of service providers during Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

29 April, 2021

Guatemala: IOM and migration authority launched course on national regulations and human mobility

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM) launched the online Course on the Migration Code and its regulations, a tool aimed at the staff of government institutions involved in the migration process, civil society, academia and interested citizens. 

28 April, 2021

Costa Rica: IOM Trained the Municipal Emergency Committee of Talamanca to Include Migrants in Crisis Situations

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) trained staff of the Municipal Emergency Committee of Talamanca, Costa Rica, on the importance of incorporating the migrant population in emergency plans and programmes. The activity addressed the current context of national and international migration, care and protection for vulnerable groups, migrants in emergency situations, and strategies to assist and include this population. 

27 April, 2021

Dominican Republic starts pilot design of border inhabitant card to identify merchants on the border with Haiti

The Dominican Republic initiated a pilot plan for a program to identify border inhabitants coming from the Republic of Haiti. This plan will create a sustained policy of formalization, organization and modernization of the daily entry processes of small traders from Haiti, with the objective of strengthening migration control and establishing institutional normality for small border commerce.

26 April, 2021

New Information Hub on Migration opens in San Luis Potosi, the eighteenth in Mexico

The city of San Luis Potosí became today the eighteenth place in Mexico from which the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and municipal authorities will offer updated and truthful information for migrants to carry out their migratory processes in an informed, regular and safe manner.

21 April, 2021

IOM Strengthens Information Services of the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens in Costa Rica

To provide adequate care to migrants who use the information services of the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME) in the context of emergency due to COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica donated equipment that will facilitate access to reliable information validated by the users of this institution. 

21 April, 2021

Panama expands border security services to guarantee migrants' rights

With the graduation ceremony of its first 150 members on April 19, Panama celebrated the creation of the new Humanitarian Border Security Unit (USFROH). This new unit, which will form part of the Chucunaque Battalion, is the humanitarian arm of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) and will provide security for migrants, as well as preventive patrols, first aid, rescue and location of people lost in the jungle, as well humanitarian assistance.