Port of Spain- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF) will start the deployment of a survey methodology known as Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a system to track and monitor the displacement and population mobility and provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of displaced populations.
The analysis will have specific sections related to labour, health, education, and protection. It aims to obtain the data necessary to create a comprehensive overview that will support the implementation of humanitarian assistance and public policy regarding this population.
"Data is essential to devise interventions that help countries capitalize on the many long-term benefits of migration, as well as to address migrants' situation and vulnerabilities," said Jewel Ali, IOM Project Coordinator at Port of Spain. "Data also enables us to promote a balanced and informed public debate around migration issues."
This exercise was preceded by local consultations with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, agencies from the United Nations (UN), civil society organizations and other institutions such as the Central Bank, who will provide venues for the deployment. On the other hand, the Roman Catholic Church provided a venue to assist IOM with this exercise.
Muriel Mafico UNICEF's Deputy Representative for the Eastern Caribbean Area spoke about the necessity to turn a spotlight on children. "DTM is a really crucial aspect of our response because it allows us to understand who is here, their needs and the services that must be provided to them and, most importantly, how can we address the unique situation of children. When families move, children are the most vulnerable." She said.
These efforts have been made possible by the financial support from US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The survey will be implemented as part of a UN-coordinated humanitarian response for refugees and migrants from Venezuela. Currently Latin America and the Caribbean is hosting around 3.4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, specially in borderline countries.