Date Publish: 
Monday, July 17, 2017

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 .

The GCM offers a historic opportunity to shape a world in which being a migrant is an option - not a necessity- through secure, orderly and regular channels. That is why Ambassador Thompson addressed these issues with government authorities in order to ensure that migration is properly managed and has a positive impact on people, societies and countries of origin, transit and destination.

The meetings also served as a platform to examine the assistance needs, as well as the advances and challenges in the governments' migration management for both nations. In that sense, the Deputy Director General participated in the inter-institutional consultation that presented the challenges and opportunities in Tegucigalpa, which contributed to the definition of the State's priorities in migratory issues.

During the official visit, Honduras showed interest in advancing the guarantee of the fundamental rights of mobile populations. The First Lady of the Republic, Ana García de Hernández, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, María Andrea Matamoros, discussed with Ambassador Thompson the programs for the assistance of returnees. Likewise, the Deputy Minister of Security, Alejandra Hernández, highlighted the contribution made by the Welfare of Children and Adolescents in Honduras (EBNAH) survey , carried out by IOM, to the Security and Prevention of Violence Strategy established by the current Honduran administration.

Thompson was also able to analyze the scope of the GCM with the Vice President of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez. At the meeting, the Vice President showed openness to work for the reintegration of the returned population and recognized the need to address migratory issues in an articulated manner between the three countries, that make up the Central American Northern Triangle, as well as Mexico.

El Salvador assumed the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) for 2017. In addition, and in the face of irregular migration, El Salvador is working on a new Migration Law; it has created a victim assistance program, a unique system of information, and has strengthened the articulation between the governmental entities that approach the subject.

In addition, during her visit to the region, Ambassador Thompson held meetings with the country teams of the United Nations System in Honduras and with the newly appointed Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Vinicio Cerezo. Her stay ended with a visit to the Directorate of Attention to Migrants (DAMI), where she learnt about the process of receiving returnees to El Salvador.

At the end of this official visit, Thompson called for continued work towards the facilitation of safe, orderly and regular migration and the reduction of forced and irregular migration.

For more information, please contact OIM El Salvador, José Miguel Gómez - [email protected]; IOM Honduras, Ismael Cruceta - [email protected];  or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Miriam Amaya - [email protected]