Type: Inter-regional forum on migration (regions covered: Americas - Europe)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: No 

Established: 2012

RIAM is a space for the exchange of good practices and cooperation between the participating immigration authorities. RIAM was created with the purpose of generating a cooperation tool between the Ibero-American migration authorities to share information and training, unify criteria and measures regarding transnational crimes such as human trafficking, document falsification, migrant smuggling, and other issues that allow improve migration management, in accordance with the legal and regulatory frameworks of each country.

Objectives

  1. Strengthen technical cooperation on migration
  2. Consolidate mechanisms for the exchange of information 
  3. Training of its officials and good practices in the Immigration Control
  4. Institutionalize the operation of migration processes with its member countries
  5. Establish strategic alliances for the fight against transnational crimes associated with migration

Current Thematic Focus

Specific areas of ISCM’s discussion include:

  • Border control
  • Migration data
  • Technological modernization
  • Innovation in migratory management
  • Prevention and combat of transnational crimes associated with migration (trafficking in persons and trafficking of migrants)
Members
Chairing Country
  • Current Chair: Colombia (2023-2024)
  • Past Chairs: Ecuador and Peru (2021-2022), Panama (2019-2021), Peru (2019), Colombia (2019), Argentina (2018)

Member States (19 States)

  • Argentina | DNM Dirección Nacional de Migraciones
  • Bolivia | DIGEMIG Dirección General de Migración
  • Brazil | Departamento de Migraciones
  • Chile | Departamento de Extranjería y Migración
  • Colombia | Migración Colombia
  • Costa Rica | Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería
  • Ecuador | Ministerio del Interior
  • El Salvador | DGME - Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería
  • Spain| Secretaría General de Inmigración y Emigración
  • Guatemala | Dirección General de Migración
  • Honduras | Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería
  • México | Instituto Nacional de México
  • Nicaragua | Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería
  • Panamá | Servicio Nacional de Migración
  • Paraguay | Dirección General de Migraciones
  • Perú | Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones
  • República Dominicana | Dirección General de Migración
  • Uruguay | Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
  • Venezuela | SAIME Servicio Administrativo de Identificación, Migración y Extranjería

Partner countries (4 countries)

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • United States of America
  • Andorra 
  • Cuba 
 
Observers
Observer States (1 State)
  • China – Hong Kong
 
Observer Organizations (7 organizations)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • INTERPOL
  • Andean Community of Nations 
  • Central American Organisation for Migration (OCAM)
  • MERCOSUR Specialized Migration Forum (FEM)
  • Airport Council International - Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC)
 
Secretariat
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Meetings
  • December 4-7, 2023, Bogotá, Colombia, Training of trainers in identification of fraudulent documents and identity theft
  • August 3-4, 2023, Buenos Aires, Argentina, XIII RIAM Congress
  • April 25, 2023, Virtual Event, RIAM Virtual Workshop on new European Union travel regulations: EES and ETIAS
  • November 10-11, 2022, Peru, 12th (XII) RIAM Annual Congress, “Joining Efforts for the Innovation of Migration Policies that Promote Regularization and Social Integration”
  • September 21, 2022, Virtual Event, Webinar on Regularization and Integration
  • April 21-22, 2022, Panama City, Panama, Regional Workshop on Cross-Border Displacement in Panama
  • December 4-5, 2021, Virtual Event, 11th (XI) Annual Meeting: new RIAM Chair Dominican Republic
  • April 28, 2021, Virtual Event, Extraordinary Meeting “COVID-19: Vaccine Certification and Identity Management”
  • March 4, 2021, Virtual Event, Extraordinary Meeting
  • December 18, 2020, Virtual Event, X Ibero-American Congress of Migration Authorities - RIAM: "Challenges and Lessons Learned for the Migratory Management in the context of COVID-19"
  • April 21, 2020, Virtual Event, "RIAM extraordinary session on migration governance in the context of COVID-19"
  • November 20-22, 2019, Cucuta, Colombia, IX Ibero-American Congress of Migration Authorities - RIAM: “Opportunities for Development”
  • October 2019, RIAM Annual Meeting
  • VIII November 23-24, 2018, Lima, Peru, VIII Conference on Migration “Internal migration policy and interoperability as a regional integration mechanism
  • VII Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2017, Panamá
  • VI Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2016, España
  • V Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2015, Argentina / “Programa de desarrollo de competencias integrales para oficiales de migración”
  • IV Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2014, Colombia /  “Construyendo entornos migratorios protectores para la prevención de la trata y el tráfico de niños, niñas y adolescentes en la región”
  • III Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2013, Costa Rica / “Análisis sobre la Prevención del Delito Transnacional del Tráfico de Migrantes en la Región”
  • II Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2012, Colombia / “Prevención del Delito de Trata de Personas en América Latina”
  • I Congreso Iberoamericano de Autoridades Migratorias – 2010, Colombia / “Tráfico de Migrantes: un delito sin fronteras” 
Documents
Contact Information
IOM Regional Office for South America
Av. Sta. Fe 1460, 5th floor Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: https://www.red-iam.org/es
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