USAID, IOM Donate Computers to Honduras to Improve Migration Management

Posted: 
08/26/16

Honduras - USAID and IOM have donated 19 computers with battery backups to the National Institute for Migration (INM) of Honduras. This equipment will optimize data collection and contribute to more orderly and safe migration in the country.

The computers will support information exchange with border customs offices, improve identification measures to reduce the circulation of false documents and strengthen security at immigration control points.

At the same time, IOM donated 3,000 copies of an educational cartoon book: Migrant Children and Adolescents Have Rights to the Honduran authorities.

The donations were part IOM’s USAID-funded project: Comprehensive Assistance to Families and Unaccompanied Migrant Children Returned in the Northern Triangle of Central America. They marked the final phase of the project, which provided immediate assistance to some 17,315 migrants returned in Honduras.

Between 2014-2016 the project delivered food, hygiene kits, clothing, medicines, medical and psychological care, transportation and information materials to migrants returned from the US, Mexico and Guatemala.

It also invested nearly USD 700,000 to help the Honduran government to rebuild the Bethlehem Care Centre for Migrant Children and Families (CANFM-Bethlehem) and the Centre for Returned Migrants (CAMR-SPS), both located in San Pedro Sula.

According to the Social Sector National Information Centre of Honduras (CENISS), in the first half of 2016, 27,086 people were registered as returned migrants. Of these, 63 percent reported having left the country by the Corinto land border (Honduras-Guatemala).

For more information, please contact Alba Miriam Amaya at IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Tel. +503 2521-0556, Email: aamaya@iom.int

The donated equipment includes computers and booklets. Photo: Karen Arita / IOM