IOM Hosts Migration Policy Workshop in Haiti

Haiti - IOM this week hosted a three-day thematic workshop in Montrouis, Haiti to facilitate the development of a national migration policy.

Forty representatives from various Ministries and migration-related civil society organizations participated in the event, which aimed to define strategic objectives and actions to better manage migration flows to and from Haiti.

The workshop was opened by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor. Experts from IOM and the International Labor Organization (ILO) facilitated sessions covering five thematic areas: migration and development; migration and labour; irregular migration; border management; and migration and environment.

During the working sessions, participants developed and validated a set of strategic matrices outlining priority programs to be implemented in the above areas. These matrices will inform the compilation of a comprehensive national migration policy that will be the second of its kind in the Central America and Caribbean region after Costa Rica. The document will also be the first in the region to include an environmental component.

The workshop follows the development of a Migration Profile for Haiti, which was presented during the opening session and will be publicly available as an annex to the policy document.

“IOM is pleased to support the Government of Haiti in the creation of a national migration policy. Even if its publication will mark the completion of this process, our engagement will not end there. It is our shared responsibility to ensure its short- and long-term implementation, and to set up mechanisms to monitor the progress accomplished,” said Francoise Deutsch, IOM Haiti Officer-In-Charge.

The initiative is being coordinated by Haiti’s Council of Economic and Social Development (CDES) of the Prime Minister’s office, in partnership with IOM and ILO. IOM’s contribution was made possible with funding from the IOM Development Fund (IDF).

For further information please contact: Ilaria Lanzoni at IOM Haiti, Tel: +509 370 250 66, Email:ilanzoni@iom.int