Guatemala – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a new programme of humanitarian assistance and Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) in Guatemala that will benefit migrants who voluntarily request to return to their country but do not have the means to do so. The initiative is part of IOM’s response to humanitarian needs of migrants in the region.
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).
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.