El Salvador expresses solidarity with migrant adolescent returnees at Juventour2015

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Children and adolescents who migrated unaccompanied and were returned to El Salvador received tokens of affection and solidarity of Salvadoran youth in the stand that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) placed at Juventour 2015.

Juventour, which took as its theme this year Opportunities, Participation and Coexistence for Youth, is a fair organized by the Salvadoran Government that serves as a platform for teenagers and young people to have access to health services; jobs in the private and public sector; information on scholarships for technical and university degrees in countries like Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, United States, France, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan; promotion of entrepreneurial initiatives; as well as sports and artistic demonstrations.

The 6th edition of Juventour was inaugurated on August 21st by the president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, at the International Centre for Fairs and Conventions (CIFCO). At the event, which has been titled by the government as the largest youth festival in Latin America, there was also participation of international organizations that developed various advocacy campaigns.

IOM participated in the stand of the United Nations with an activity that involved those attending to write a welcome message for migrant children and adolescents returned to El Salvador, so that non-discrimination was promoted within this population. Once the message was written, a picture was taken with it to be shared on social networks with the hashtag #YoNoDiscrimino. Messages like: "Welcome, we missed you"; "You are worth the same here and anywhere"; "Welcome! Your home is El Salvador where support is here for you"; "Do not lose heart"; "I'm glad you're back", were written by the visitors to the stand.

IOM supports children and teenagers with the project Comprehensive Assistance to Returning Families and Unaccompanied Children in the Northern Triangle of Central America with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). With this project and so far this year, IOM has directly benefited, from january to august 2015, 21,950 migrants have been returned to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on their journey to the north of the continent, of which 7,100 were children. The assistance includes food, clothing, shoes and hygiene kits given to returned migrants and their families, psychosocial care, transportation to their home communities, remodelling and furnishing of shelters and reception centres, as well as awareness campaigns such as the one carried out at Juventour 2015.

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