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3. Improving social cohesion in multicultural societies

As the lines between a country of origin, destination and transit become more blurred, the needs of migrant populations evolve. During 2017, we have assisted several governments faced with new migratory situations to create policies that would uphold rights of migrants and contribute to creating inclusive societies. The two cases below illustrate well how governments in Latin America and the Caribbean are creating public policy responses to cater to the new contexts they are facing.

In Costa Rica, we assisted the Costa Rican Directorate for Integration and Human Development (DIDH) under the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (DGME) in designing the second National Integration Plan (NIP) 2018 – 2022, presented in December. The NIP covers several six crucial dimensions of integration, such as access to health; education; labour market insertion; recognition of diversity; strengthening of institutions and vulnerability.

In Mexico, we are assisting the Mexican Secretariat of Interior (SEGOB) and the National Institute of Migration (INM) with two key areas of migration management: asylum and integration. By sharing the experiences of EU States in both of these topics, Mexican authorities will increase and strengthen the internal coordination of agencies at national and federal levels to deal effectively with these two topics.

Costa Rica delegation on a study visit to Madrid to learn about integration structures. The Lessons Learnt from the visit are applied in subsequent phases of drafting for the New Integration Plan.