Survey deployed to understand the situation of Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago

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.

Date Publish: 
07/19/2019

IOM's World Migration Report Shows Global Displacement Rising Despite COVID-19 Mobility Limits

Date Publish: 
01 / 12 / 2021

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched its flagship World Migration Report 2022 which reveals a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disasters, conflict and violence at a time when global mobility ground to a halt due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

"We are witnessing a paradox not seen before in human history,” said IOM's Director General António Vitorino. “While billions of people have been effectively grounded by COVID-19, tens of millions of others have been displaced within their own countries.”

The number of air passengers globally dropped 60 per cent in 2020 to 1.8 billion (down from 4.5 billion in 2019) while at the same time internal displacement due to disaster, conflict and violence rose to 40.5 million (up from 31.5 million in 2019).

The report, the eleventh in IOM’s World Migration Report series, draws upon the latest data from around the world to explain key migration trends as well as issues that are emerging on the migration policy horizon.

"This report is unlike any other edition of the World Migration Report,” said the IOM report editor Marie McAuliffe.

“So much has happened in migration and mobility over these last two years and in this report we bring together key data, research and analysis to show how long-term trends have been altered by COVID-19 and how migrants worldwide have been affected."

According to the report, the number of international migrants has grown from 84 million globally in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, although when global population growth is factored in, the proportion of international migrants has only inched up from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the world’s population. Most people globally (96.4 per cent) reside in the country in which they were born. The number of international migrants for 2020 was lower, by around 2 million, than it otherwise would have been due to COVID-19.

The World Migration Report now has an expanded array of report materials for a digital age. The online interactive platform allows users to explore and interact with key data in a highly visual and engaging way. The 2020 edition won gold in the 2021 International Annual Report Design Awards earlier this year.

The online educators’ toolkit has been developed to support teachers around the world as they seek to provide balanced, accurate and interesting learning materials on the fundamentals of migration and migrants for teenagers and young adults.

The World Migration Report has become a key source for fact-checkers, helping to refute false news on migration in a wide variety of places. The 2022 edition now has a new and simple fact-checkers' toolkit to help bust key myths on migration.

In addition to data analysis, the report covers specific topics for those readers needing more in-depth content. Topics covered include migration and slow-onset climate change; peace and development links to migration; human trafficking in migration pathways; COVID-19 impacts; disinformation about migration; migrants’ contributions in an era of disinformation; and artificial intelligence and migration, which are timely and highly relevant for both specialist and general audiences.

The report can be downloaded here.

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For more information, please contact:

Marie McAuliffe, World Migration Report Editor, IOM HQ, Tel: +41796599940, Email: mmcauliffe@iom.int

Paul Dillon, Managing Editor and Spokesperson, IOM HQ, Tel +41796369874, Email: pdillon@iom.int.

Safa Msehli, Spokesperson, IOM HQ, Tel: +41794035526, Email: smsehli@iom.int