IOM Launches a Migration Information Center and MigrantApp Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) launched two of its most innovative solutions to provide information to migrants in Belize. The Migration Information Center, in collaboration with the Child Development Foundation, and the MigrantApp, the first regional application to provide free and reliable information to migrants to promote regular and safe migration in Mesoamerica, are those solutions.

The first provides information and referral services to migrants on a variety of migratory procedures. It raises awareness in key communities about the risks of irregular migration and trafficking in persons. The Information Hub will be located at the Child Development Foundation Offices in Belmopan and will be the 27th Information Hub that will be opened by IOM in the Mesoamerican region.

¨Belmopan is a strategic location for the Information Hub, as all migrants must come to the city to regularize their status and/or apply for a work permit and require information and support services. Having an information center in Belmopan where migrants can readily access information will promote smoother and more effective procedures. The Information center will also raise awareness in key migration communities through mobile hubs” highlighted Rene Chuc, Head of Office of IOM Belize.

The MigrantApp has also been launched. The application is free of charge and provides information on centers for protection and assistance such as health centers, embassies and consulates, entry requirements for more than 40 nationalities, and allows IOM to send emergency alerts regarding natural or epidemic hazards.

“Together, both initiatives contribute to the promotion of regular and safe migration by making reliable information accessible to migrants., Through the establishment of coordination mechanisms between the Information Center and key institutions, as well as by mapping key service providers in the MigrantApp, IOM seeks to contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve migration management in Belize, which is also developing its National Policy on Migration and Development’’, said Justin Scharf, IOM Project Assistant for the Mesoamerica Program.

These activities are being implemented in the framework of the Mesoamerica Program, which seeks to contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for regular, orderly, and safe migration, which will allow the adequate protection of migrants.