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GOVERNMENTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA STRENGTHEN CAPACITIES TO PROTECT MIGRANT WORKERS

About 40 officials from central and local governments of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico met this week (12/09) in Guatemala to participate in a workshop on the protection of migrants. The event was organized by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

IOM HELPS TO REDUCE THE VULNERABILITY OF MIGRANT GROUPS IN GUATEMALA AND BELIZE

Petén, Guatemala. - To reduce the vulnerability of migrant groups in Guatemala and Belize, IOM, the United Nations' Organization for Migration, held a forum where authorities from both countries broadened their knowledge and improved coordination regarding labor migration, migration in emergency contexts, and expanding community information strategies.

IOM: '86% LOST SOURCES OF INCOME AFTER VOLCANO ERUPTION IN GUATEMALA'

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that 86% of people affected by Volcán de Fuego's eruption lost their sources of income or their businesses. According to surveys conducted by IOM, 43% were left without land to carry out agricultural activities and 13% say they intend to migrate irregularly.

António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General.

Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino’s directorship begins on 1 October 2018.

IOM SUPPORTS GUATEMALA AFTER THE VOLCAN DE FUEGO EMERGENCY

The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) announced that it is mobilizing human, technical and financial resources to address the emergency arising from the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala, in support of the government entities consolidated in the System of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

The contribution offered by IOM focuses on four specific areas: shelter management; information systems for monitoring people displaced by the eruption; evaluation of damaged infrastructure and attention to migrants stranded in transit.

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IOM OFFERS SUPPORT TO GUATEMALA AFTER VOLCANIC ERUPTION

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has extended condolences to the families of the victims following Volcán de Fuego’s eruption, which occurred last Sunday (03/06). IOM has also expressed its solidarity with the people and government of Guatemala and stated its willingness and readiness to contribute to the immediate humanitarian assistance of those in need, in support to the National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

IOM URGES EL SALVADOR TO MODERNIZE ITS MIGRATION LAW

IOM called on El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly and the Executive Body to promptly approve a new immigration law that corresponds to the current dynamics and that articulates actions in ​​Human Rights, human security and development, as established in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the proposals promoted in the framework of the Global Compact for Migration.

IOM AND USAID PROMOTE EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES ON RETURN MIGRATION

IOM and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) inaugurated the Regional Meeting on the Reintegration of Migrants, which sought to promote a technical space for the exchange of experiences on programs and projects related to the return migration and the reincorporation of mobile populations.

IOM STRENGTHENS THE ATTENTION OF RETURNED MIGRANTS IN WESTERN HONDURAS

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) delivered computer equipment and furniture to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, within the framework of the inauguration of the Municipal Units of Attention to Returned Migrants (UMAR) in Gracias and La Esperanza, Honduras.

IOM WILL SUPPORT 70 MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS RETURNED TO EL SALVADOR

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador and the UN Peace for the Post-Conflict Generation Programme launched a project for the productive reintegration and the psychosocial recovery of returnees, which will directly benefit 70 economic initiatives in Guazapa and Mejicanos, in San Salvador department, as well as Quezaltepeque, in La Libertad.