strategic vision

Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region: Caribbean and Central America)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None

Established: 2016

Launched: 2019


  • Create a non-binding forum that allows member countries to openly discuss migration topics in order to develop consistent and coordinated regional efforts for the effective management of migration.
  • Coordinate and promote information exchange between member states, with emphasis in sharing good practices related to migration governance.
  • Develop policies with a rights-based approach aimed at an effective comprehensive migration governance in the region.


    Current Thematic Focus

    Specific areas of CMC’s discussion include:

    • Border Management
    • Climate change
    • Diaspora
    • Emergency preparedness and response
    • Labour migration
    • Migrant smuggling
    • Migration data
    • Migration and Development
    • Migration and health
    • Counter-trafficking
    • Refugee protection

    Current Chair

    Upcoming Chair – Jamaica


    No Secretariat has yet been established. CMC participants have requested IOM and UNHCR support to develop the CMC. 

    States, territories and countries

    (No formal membership procedures yet established)

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Cayman Islands
    • Cuba
    • Curacao
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Martin
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Suriname
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos

    Note: Founding states, territories and countries: Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos.


    Observer States 

    • The Netherlands and the United States attended the 2017 CMC meeting.

    Observer Organizations 

    No rule has been defined on observership.

    • IOM
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    • CDEMA
    • ECLAC.
    • May 22, 2020, Webinar Webinar on IOM’s suggested Standard Operating Procedures for Front-line Border Officials at the Point of Entry in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
    • December 5-6, 2019, Kingston Jamaica, Preparatory Meeting for a Regional Approach to Migration and International Protection
    • November 2019, Kingston, Jamaica, 1st CMC Meeting
    • September 18-19, 2019, Kingston, Jamaica, Labor Migration
    • September 5-6, 2019 , St. George’s, Grenada, Diaspora Engagement
    • June 5 – 6, 2019, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Regional Consultation Towards a Framework for Regional Cooperation on Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters and the Adverse Effects of Climate Change in the Caribbean
    • March 12 – 14, 2019, Georgetown, Guyana, Caribbean Regional Thematic Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants
    • March 6, 2019, San Jose, Costa Rica, Webinar on Labour Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Environmental Change in the Caribbean
    • January 30, 2019, San Jose, Costa Rica, Webinar on the Potential of Diaspora and Development
    • September 24 - 25 2018, Montego Bay, Jamaica, CMC Workshop on Migration Data Collection and Management
    • 26-27 April 2018, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, First Workshop of the Caribbean Migration Consultations Counter-Trafficking Network
    • 10 - 11 April 2018, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, High-level Workshop on Human Mobility and Disasters in the Caribbean
    • 4 – 6 December 2017, Nassau, The Bahamas, CMC meeting on Refugee protection
    • 5-8 December 2016, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, First Technical Workshop of Caribbean Countries in the Framework of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC), Immigration Division []
    • 18-19 January 2016, Belize, Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean Migration Consultations, Radisson

    For all the workshop documents, click the links to respective events here:

    Contact Information

    IOM Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean
    Sabana Business Center
    San José, Costa Rica
    Tel.: +506 22 12 53 00
    Fax: +506 22 22 05 90