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.
These two new offices are the first in western Honduras that join the network of state services for migrants protection. UMAR seeks to guarantee the educational, social and economic reintegration of migrant children and families returned to the country. From January 1st to March 16th of this year, a total of 13,471 returnees were registered. Of these, 1,445 are children and teenagers.
Both events were chaired by the First Lady Ana García de Hernández. Also, attending the governors of Lempira and Intibucá, Wilson Pineda and Hodalma Benítez respectively; the Mayor of Gracias, Javier Enamorado, his counterpart in La Esperanza, Miguel Antonio Fajardo; and Claudia Cerrato on IOM's behalf.
So far, IOM has contributed at the opening of five UMARs: in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Choloma, Gracias and La Esperanza. It is expected that other 16 offices will be set up throughout the Honduran territory in the next months.
With this donation, IOM contributes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those that promote the social and economic inclusion of everyone, regardless of their immigration status. Likewise, it contributes to the respect and guarantee of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The total investment for all the UMARs that will be operating in the country is US$ 50,000. It is part of the Return and Reintegration project, implemented by IOM in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).