Date Publish: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

IOM opened the debate on shared responsibility in migration management during the Symposium on Migration, Return and Reintegration Co-Responsibility, held today in Tegucigalpa, with the aim to promote initiatives focused on preventing irregular migration, and the migrants’ rights and inclusion in their communities of origin.

The event sought the commitment of States to effectively promote the wellbeing and rights of mobile populations. This meeting had the collaboration of the Mexican Embassy, and the Honduran Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (SRECI).

During the Symposium, IOM’s Chief of Mission to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy, gave a lecture in which he reviewed the methodology, guiding principles, approaches and contents for the reintegration of returned migrants policy-development.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular and Migration Affairs of Honduras, María Andrea Matamoros; Ambassador of Mexico in Honduras, Dolores Jimenez; the Chairman of the Committee on Migration Issues of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS), Daniel Chamber; the National Director of the Strategy We are Mexicans of the National Institute of Mexico (INM), Gabriela Garcia Acoltzí; and representatives of the foreign ministries of El Salvador and Guatemala.

The meeting also provided a platform for the discussion of issues such as inter-sectoral coordination on migration management, and on the measures for safe return process and reintegration of migrants, specifically for those in vulnerable situations. Likewise, debaters discussed the growing challenges of migration in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico, as well as the impact this phenomenon has on the development of the countries of origin, transit and destination.

The symposium was organized under the project Improving Care, Case Identification and Protection Services for Migrants in the Honduran Consular Service, implemented by IOM and supported by IOM’s Development Fund (IDF).

During the event, IOM delivered 64,000 copies of the Migrant’s Guide to the Honduran Directorate for Migrant Protection. This document provides basic information on the rights and responsibilities of mobile populations, programs to support returned migrants and warns of the dangers of irregular migration.

This guide - which will be distributed both at Honduran embassies and consulates abroad, and at Reception Centres for returning migrants - was developed as part of the project Comprehensive Assistance to Families and Migrant Unaccompanied Children Returned to The Northern Triangle of Central America, executed by IOM with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to the Social Sector National Information Centre of Honduras (CENISS), from January 2014 to the first half of 2016, there have been 95,250 returning migrants. Of these, 12.48% have repeated their journey.

For more information, please contact Karen Arita, IOM Honduras, Tel: +504 2237-7460, Email: [email protected] or Alba Miriam Amaya, IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Email: [email protected]