The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to observe this week World Health Day 2017, and hail its importance to migrants worldwide. IOM remains committed to reducing the burden of migration-linked stressors and in addressing depression as a global problem. The theme chosen for World Health Day 2017, celebrated today (7 April), is: “Depression: Let’s Talk.” It culminates a year-long World Health Organization campaign.
Based on the Human Mobility Household Survey on Unaccompanied Migrant Childhood and Returned Children, IOM found that the majority (64 per cent) of these children live in adobe houses with dirt floors in the rural areas of El Salvador.
For the first time, Honduras will undertake a Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, led by the Ministry of Security and coordinated by IOM.
The initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of the government to prevent violence against children and adolescents. A national survey will be conducted among people between 13 to 24 years old to estimate the emotional, physic and sexual violence they are exposed to. The results will also allow a better understanding of the relation between violence and migration.
Representatives from IOM, OAS, UNHCR, the Government of El Salvador and the private sector have met to discuss challenges facing the reintegration of returnees to El Salvador.
The Intersectoral Forum for the Development of Special Programs: Protection of Victims of Irregular Migration in Mesoamerica and Reinsertion of Returnees in El Salvador, organized by the El Salvador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concluded that returnees frequently face discrimination.
The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world.
The longstanding policy has offered a double win: first by rescuing some of the most vulnerable people in the world and second by enabling them to enrich their new societies. The contribution of refugees and migrants to their new homes worldwide has been overwhelmingly positive.
The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) reiterated its commitment to support the strengthening of the Government of El Salvador's capacities through technical and financial assistance for the publication of the Comprehensive Care Plan for Migrant children and adolescents Returned to their family environment, from a Human Rights, Gender and Inclusion perspective.
In order to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration through art, the UN Agency for Migration (IOM) supported the SIVAR Network in the development of the mural Migrar no es un juego de saltos, in coordination with the SolucionES Project.
The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) launched the First Global Film Festival on Migration to which the missions of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras joined in order to celebrate the diversity and remarkable contributions that mobile populations provide to both their communities of origin and to the countries where they now live.
In order to make the situation of vulnerability in thousands of migrant women from Central America visible, the UN Agency for Migration (IOM) presented in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the report Risk factors and care needs for migrant women in Central America.
The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) accompanied Salvadoran youth to celebrate the rights of mobile populations, while promoting the inclusion of returnees with educational dynamics and the hashtag #YoNoDiscrimino, in the Generation Now Festival (GenNow Fest) 2016.