This meeting was held on September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and had the following objectives: Define a functional and viable route of action in the short and medium term to facilitate technical and infrastructure exchange aimed at border management and migration control. Explore ways to strengthen the agile, safe and orderly assisted return strategies of nationals of the Member Countries whose cases do not qualify for migratory regularization or any form of international protection. Lastly, discuss strategies to strengthen international protection systems to expand their response capacities to requests for recognition of refugee status or other international protection schemes
The objective of this working session was to present the regional study: Migration regularization programs and processes in order to build an overview of the migration regularization programs and processes that exist in the RCM Member Countries, with an emphasis on Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, as well as efforts in the region for the integration of migrants. Through this study, advances and challenges in the implementation of regularization programs and processes in the region, as well as the integration of migrants, were identified.
On September 23 and 24, the III Regional Congress on Women in the Context of Migration was held. The congress aimed to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices, the dissemination of knowledge, and exchange proposals for the care of women and girls in mobility conditions and for the development of their autonomy and empowerment from the perspectives of gender, intersectionality, human rights and inclusion.
On August 25 and 26, the 'XIX South American Conference on Migration (SACM)' was held virtually, and it was attended by Mexico as an observer country on behalf of the Pro-Tempore Presidency of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM). The commitment of this regional mechanism to continue collaborating with the entire continent in favor of migrants and address common issues like migration governance in the region, the inclusion of migrants in situations of vulnerability, and the promotion of gender perspective was reiterated. Likewise, Pro-Tempore Presidency of the RCM welcomed the government of the Republic of Chile as the upcoming Pro-Tempore Presidency of the SACM.
The purpose of the second meeting of the Working Group on Irregular and Mass Migration was to present and discuss the proposal of the Regional Strategy to Address Irregular and Mass Migration. This strategy seeks to address flows in the region that require urgent and comprehensive care under the principles of shared responsibility, respect for human rights, national sovereignty and international cooperation.
On October 13 and 14, the virtual conference on the impacts of the pandemic on migration and health was held with the collaboration of the governments of Canada and Costa Rica. The purpose of this meeting was to share presentations, good practices and generate an open discussion on the evolution of the pandemic throughout the region, planning or preparation, lessons learned regarding health measures in international flows, interventions for migrants and refugees, and strategic considerations for the design of actions or public policies on migration and health in the future. This meeting served as a preamble for the workshop on migration and health to be held next year.