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Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 3:47 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a series of mobile centers for families in migrant communities in southern and western Belize.

Over the weekend, a total of 220 families accessed services from the center and 62 on-site birth certificates were issued with support from the Vital Statistics Unit.

The UN agencies say that the outreach is a part of an inter-agency plan which seeks to coordinate the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 10 to reduce inequalities within and among countries.

It requires countries to “facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of peoples.”

Belize is currently home to an estimated 51,000 migrant persons and in 2010, 14.8% of the total population of Belize accounted for the foreign-born population.

In addition, Belize hosts 2,394 registered and an estimated 3,400 more unregistered asylum seekers and refugees that have come to the country seeking safe haven and protection, mostly from nearby El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

The mobile clinics will allow for agencies to coordinate humanitarian assistance and support to respond to the emerging issues of migrants, refugees, and residents of their host communities.

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