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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IOM joined the 2016 Migrant Week Festival to raise awareness on the risks of irregular migration and the rights of mobile populations in Honduras.

The event took place at the San Pedro Sula Grand Metropolitan Central, a station that brings together most of the interdepartmental and international buses. It is estimated that the daily movement in this complex exceeds 100,000 people. Hence, IOM distributed materials and conducted educational games on the rights of children and adolescents; as well as those of other vulnerable migrant groups such as pregnant women, people with disabilities, elderlies, indigenous persons and, LGBTI community.

The Migrant Week Festival also included dance, music and art in which the risks of unaccompanied child and adolescent migration were embodied. This activity, promoted by the Congregation of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, has been implemented in several Honduran cities since 1999 through the Human Mobility Pastoral and the Returned Migrant Care Centre (CAMR).

According to the Consular and Migration Observatory of Honduras (CONMIGHO), between January 1st to August 15th 2016, about 40,800 persons were repatriated from the US and Mexico. Of these, 67% have returned by land.

IOM’s involvement at the festival came under the Mesoamerica Program, funded by the United States Department of State; and during the execution of the projects Building Government Capacity for Post-Arrival and Reintegration Assistance to Unaccompanied Children Returning to El Salvador and Honduras; as well as Strengthening Assistance, Case Identification and Protection Services for Migrants in the Honduran consular service, both financed by the IOM Fund for Development (IDF).

For more information, please contact Karen Arita, IOM Honduras at [email protected] or Alba Miriam Amaya, IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras at [email protected]