Date Publish: 
Friday, February 19, 2016

Thousands of migrants returning to the Northern Triangle of Central America will now be assisted in better conditions thanks to the renovation nine migrant care centres, three of which were delivered to the governments of El Salvador and Honduras on February 2016.

These buildings were remodelled or rebuilt by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the project Comprehensive Assistance to Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Families Returning to the Northern Triangle of Central America, with funds from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In these facilities, migrant returnees receive various services offered by their respective governments, including immigration procedures, medical and psychosocial care and economic reintegration projects.

The centres were redesigned thinking on the necessities of the migrants so as to provide a dignified and humane assistance, especially considering the needs of families and unaccompanied children.

Thanks to the infrastructure improvements executed by IOM, these nine centres increased their capacity by an average of 50%, which allows the authorities of the three countries to assist returning migrants with greater efficiency and better conditions.

Simultaneously, and given the urgent need presented with the increase of returning migrants, IOM provides technical support to the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with specialized staff for the areas of statistics, migrant orientation, psychologists, transport and logistics.

"As IOM, we are aware that the challenges that we must overcome cannot be seized individually and these centres are examples of it. Thanks to the willingness of governments, we have been able to work hand in hand and cooperate to improve the conditions under which we receive our migrants", said IOM’s Senior Regional Advisor for the Americas, Ana Duran Salvatierra, at the opening of one of these centres in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

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