The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) of El Salvador presented the Protocol of action and coordination for the care and protection of foreign migrant children and adolescents, which will allow the Salvadoran government to advance in the guarantee and fulfillment of the fundamental rights of this population present in the territory.
IOM donated a compilation of its most recent publications to the Guatemalan National Library Luis Cardoza y Aragón, of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, to contribute to the accessibility of updated data and information to the public.
To achieve orderly, safe and humane migration, it is essential to have migration information from all perspectives. Thus, IOM handed over a series of reports – as well as comics with information aimed at students of pre-school, primary and secondary levels – on migrant’s rights.
Representatives from IOM, USAID, El Salvador’s Presidency and municipal Mayors of San Miguel, Usulután and Zacatecoluca inaugurated this week a series of public areas destined to the generation of reintegration and local development options that will directly benefit 9,000 Salvadoran families, among them returned migrants.
The National Survey on Children and Youth Well-Being (EBNAJ), which explores the link between migration issues and the root causes of violence affecting children and teenagers, will be developed in four Mayan languages. The survey's outcome will provide a solid basis of evidence to improve the response capacity of government authorities.
IOM participated in the Mi Norte Está Aqui fair, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (SRECI) of Honduras.
The General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME), with IOM's support, started the identity documentation for children and adolescents that cross the border from El Salvador to Honduras. It is a Border Transit Traffic Card that aims to facilitate transit between the municipalities of Perquín, Arambala and Nahuaterique, in El Salvador.
IOM participated, for the third consecutive time, in El Salvador's National Youth Fair - JUVENTOUR 2017 - with the objective of promoting migrant's rights, non-discrimination of returnees and risks of irregular migration.
IOM, USAID and local authorities began the construction and adaptation of a communal house and various sports and recreational spaces in San Miguel and Usulután, the Salvadoran municipalities that have received the most migrant returnees in 2017 after the capital, San Salvador. Similar works also began recently in Zacatecoluca.
All of these actions directly benefit 78 communities and more than 9,000 families in the three municipalities. These works are expected to contribute to social cohesion, community development and the reintegration processes of returnees.
IOM´s Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson, promoted the Global Compact for Regular, Orderly and Safe Migration (GCM) in El Salvador and Honduras during her most recent official visit to the Northern Triangle of Central America .
IOM closed the second edition of the Specialized Course on Migrant Children with an emphasis on those traveling unaccompanied or separated from the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico; aimed at civil servants and government officials and representatives of civil society organizations in El Salvador.
The course began on April 24 and was attended by more than 70 participants from El Salvador. It was developed simultaneously in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico.