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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:49 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Immigration; and the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM), in coordination with the Embassy of Mexico in Belize, is hosting the second edition of the cross-border meeting on migration between stakeholders from Belize and Mexico.

The meeting is being held on July 12 and 13 at the Mexican Institute in Belize city. 

The Cross-Border Meeting is part of the Mesoamerica Program, which seeks to contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for regular, orderly, and safe migration.

Furthermore, the meeting is in line with ongoing efforts of the government of Belize to design a National Migration and Development Policy for the country.

The Cross-Border Meeting is an initiative to understand the changing dynamics and challenges faced by migrants during the migration process.

This second meeting will also serve to form a technical cross-border group that works towards the improvement of migration management at both sides of the border.

Recognizably, there are limited statistics regarding migratory flows between the Belize and Mexico border, making it harder to respond to the challenges faced by migrants. However, it is known that there is a longstanding tradition of irregular border crossings in the area, driven by formal and informal labor demands.

The first edition of the Cross-Border Meeting was held in Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 1st, 2017.

Some of the main outcomes were to cooperate in labor migration management, share research on migration, and to re-establish a protection system, with appropriate referral mechanisms that promote safe migration practices.

´´International cooperation is fundamental to improve and effectively manage migration promoting regular, orderly and safe migration for the benefit of all. Cross-border meetings promotes communication channels and creates networks of stakeholders who can better respond to the needs of migrants, uphold their human rights, and leverage the benefits of migration in both countries´´ said Rene Chuc, Head of Office for IOM Belize.

Director of Immigration and Nationality services of Belize, Diana Locke explained that the Ministry is pleased to partner with IOM and the Mexican embassy to promote safe migration practices between the Belize-Mexico border.

Locke also stated that the meeting supports the priorities of improving border security and after identifying the challenges, the collaborative partners continue to work together to implement strategies to improve border management.

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