Quito Process

International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region (Quito Process)

Type: Regional consultative process on migration (Region: Americas)

Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None

Established: 2018

Objectives
The Quito Process was initiated in 2018 to promote communication and coordination between countries receiving Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
One of the main objectives is the exchange of information and good practices and to articulate a regional coordination to respond to the crisis of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region. 
This multilateral initiative of several Latin-American countries aims to specifically address this humanitarian situation separate and apart from political questions about Venezuela's future, and harmonize domestic policies in receiving countries.  
The Declaration of Quito on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region (“Quito I”) laid the foundations for a more coordinated response.Following Quito II, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay adopted a regional Plan of Action. Among other things, signatories to the plan committed to facilitate the social and economic integration of Venezuelans into host States. Importantly, this included meaningful improvements in the process of granting legal status to Venezuelans in their respective countries.

Current Thematic Focus
Specific areas of discussion include: 

  • International cooperation on migration
  • Refugees, asylum, preventing statelessness
  • Migrants' rights
  • Integration
  • Migrant children
  • Education
  • Health
  • Plow migration
  • Combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling 
  • Combating sexual and gender violence
  • Countering discrimination and xenophobia

Members
Member States [13 Member States]

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Guyana
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Peru 
Uruguay

Note: The 11 founding member States are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay

Member Organizations
UNHCR
IOM

Chairing Country 
Current Chair: Chile (November 2019 - November 2020)
Incoming Chair: Peru

Past Chairs: Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador

Observers
Observer States

Canada
Netherlands, The
Sweden
United States of America

Observer Organizations  [Referred to by the Quito Process as “Organizations participating in the different meetings”]
European Union
ICRC
IFRC
ILO
Inter-American Development Bank
UNAIDS
UNICEF
WHO
World Bank 

Working Groups
Working Group on Registration and documentation of Migrants
Working Group on Migrant Protection
Working Group on Migrant Integration
Working Group on Cooperation
Working group on Education
Working group on Orientation and Reception Center for Migrants and Refugees

Secretariat
At the request of the member countries, IOM and UNHCR have established the Technical Secretariat with the aim of supporting the work of the Pro Tempore Presidency. The Technical Secretariat is made up of a Joint Coordinator and a Technical Advisor in continuous contact with the national missions of both agencies and the regional offices for the Response to the Situation of Venezuela in Panama.

Contact Information
Website:
https://r4v.info/en

Meetings
October 29, Virtual event, Second Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Quito Process
October 19, 2020, Virtual event, Ministerial and High-level Representative Meeting of the Quito Process
October 15, 2020, Virtual event, Meeting of the group of Friends of the Quito Process
September 23-24, 2020, Virtual event, Sixth International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region

August 6, 2020, Virtual event, First Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Quito Process
November 14-15, 2019, Bogota, Colombia, Fifth International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region

October 2 -3, 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Regional Technical Meeting of National Committees against Human Trafficking, Human Mobility Approach
July 5-6, 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fourth Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region
April 8- 9, 2019, Quito, Ecuador, Third Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region
November 22- 23, 2018, Quito, Ecuador, Second Regional Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region

Documents
Quito Declaration on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region
Joint Statement by the Fourth International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Nationals
Expert Statement on the Prevention and Eradication of Statelessness in the Americas
Declaration of the Third Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region
Action Plan on Human Mobility of Venezuelan citizens in the region
Action Plan of the Quito Process on Human Mobility of Venezuelan citizens in the Region
(November 2018)
Buenos Aires Chapter Road Map (https://r4v.info/en/documents / details / 70458)
Joint declaration of the VI international technical meeting on human mobility of Venezuelan citizens in the region ( EN | SP )
Progress Report of the Chair 2020 (Chile) (In Spanish)