South American Conference on MIgration (SACM)


Type: Regional consultative process on migration (region covered: South America) 

​Formal association with regional or multi-stakeholder organization: None

Established: 2000

The South American Conference on Migration (SACM) or Lima Process aims to provide a platform for consultations for South American countries in the primary areas of development; diasporas; rights of migrants; integration; information exchange; migration statistics; counter-trafficking and counter-smuggling. 
Its current priorities are:

  • Ensuring respect for the human rights of migrants regardless of their status;  
  • Promotion of discourse on migration in relation to development;
  • Strengthening of dialogue and political coordination among States;
  • Highlighting the significance of migrants’ contributions to the welfare and cultural enrichment of societies in countries of origin; and
  • Promoting the participation of representatives from civil society.

Current Thematic Focus
Migration and development
Migrant rights
Migrant integration
Migration data and statistics
Combatting human trafficking
Counter migrant smuggling

Member States (12 States)


Chairing country
2017-2018: Uruguay
2018-2019: Bolivia

Past Chairs: Paraguay, Chile, Peru

Observer States (1 country)


Observer Organizations (11 organizations)
Regional Conference on Migration (RCM)
Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR)
Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR (IPPDH)
Andean Community of Nations
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Representatives of groups affiliated with the Catholic Church and groups defending human rights may also be invited on an ad hoc basis. 

Technical Secretariat (IOM provides technical cooperation and administrative support)

Contact Information
Diego Beltrand
Regional Director for South America,
IOM Regional Office for South America
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: +5411 5219-2033


14-16 November 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay, XVII SACM meeting
27-28 September 2017, Lima, Peru, XII Intersessional meeting
3-4 November 2016, Asunción, Paraguay, XVI SACM meeting
23-24 August 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay, XI Intersessional meeting
8–10 September 2015, Santiago, Chile, XV SACM meeting
4-5 August 2015, Asunción, Paraguay, X Intersessional meeting
16-17 October 2014, Lima, Peru, XIV SACM
19-20 August 2014, Brasilia, Brazil, IX Intersessional meeting
3-5 December 2013, Cartagena, Colombia, XIII SACM meeting
27-28 August 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, VIII Intersessional Meeting

Principal Documents
Declaración de Lima sobre el Pacto Mundial para una Migración Segura, Ordenada y Regular 2017
Declaración de Buenos Aires 2013 (ES)
Declaration of Migration Principles and Overall guidelines 2011 (EN | ES | PT)
Plan Sudamericano de Desarrollo Humano de las Migraciones PSDHM 2010 (ES)
South American Conference on Migration 2000 – 2015

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