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Sep 12, 2019

Information platform launched to promote safe migration

Border points across the country will be airing infomercials on migration which is a global problem that is growing in Belize. The International Organization for Migration has donated television sets which are being installed at the Philip Goldson International Airport as well as other points of entry to address immediate challenges of the issue. The intention is to promote safe migration and to tackle human trafficking. Here is Dalila Ical with that story.

 

Dalila Ical, Reporting

The International Organization for Migration and the Immigration Department today inaugurated an Information platform at the Philip Goldson International Airport targeting migrants.  Five television sets were donated, one of which has been installed at the PGIA. Others will be installed at other border points. Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees Edmund Zuniga says these will be used for infomercials for migrants.

 

Marcelo Pisani, Regional Director, IOM

Marcelo Pisani

“We are donating the screens but at the end of the day the screens are an instrument. The importance is the information that we will put on the screens”

 

Edmund Zuniga

Edmund Zuniga, CEO, immigration and refugees

“The information that we are putting mainly on the television screens have to do with arriving passengers, so that they know what to expect when they arrive, they know the information that they need to provide and more so, it’s going to help to inform persons about signs of human trafficking, signs of human smuggling that they must look out for.”

 

The donation is part of collaborative work between the IOM and Belize to promote safe and orderly migration and to combat human trafficking. Regional Director of the IOM Marcelo Pisani says the information helps decrease the vulnerabilities of migrants.

 

Marcelo Pisani

“This is part of a more comprehensive project that we have with the Government of Belize. The idea is to strengthen the capacities of the project to protect migrants, to fight against trafficking and smuggling, to provide information so they can make decision knowing what are the legal means to migrate. We continue assisting the Government of Belize in several areas on migration. Belize is a country of destination especially for Salvadorans but it is also a country of transit. I mean, people who cannot go through Guatemala sometimes go through Belize to reach Mexico. So, there are many challenges. We have for example, between the border of Belize and Mexico, a capacity for those kids that are coming to school in Belize. So, migration has many, many faces.”

 

 

The screen at the PGIA is already functional, airing information prepared by the department and A-TIPS PSAs from the Anti Trafficking in Persons Council Belize.

 

Edmund Zuniga

“We are at the moment developing some infomercials that have to do with how you apply for a passport and how you apply for permanent residence or for citizenship and very soon we will be able to launch those infomercials, especially in Belmopan at the headquarters where we have many, many people coming in everyday to seek information about getting their passports and getting other immigration services.”


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