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Second Workshop Held to Develop Regional Migration Policy

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Workshop for the Caribbean was convened 1-2 November 2023 at the United Nations House, Bridgetown, Barbados.  Representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Caribbean, European Union (EU) International Partnerships and regional stakeholders met to further discuss the development of a Regional Migration Policy.

Initial development of the Policy commenced at a two-day workshop facilitated by CARICOM in collaboration with IOM on 24 and 25 August 2023 in Bridgetown. 

In opening remarks, Mr Sherwin ToyneStephenson, Programme Manager, Crime and Security, CARICOM Secretariat, emphasized the importance of a Regional Migration Policy focused on development.  Mr Patrice Quesada, Coordination Officer for the Caribbean, IOM Caribbean, advocated for stakeholders to utilize the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) to guide the process.  He stated, “The Global Compact for Migration is the highest level of consensus ever reached among all the Member States of the UN System on the migration issue.” 

Workshop participants reviewed the GCM and brainstormed aspects necessary for the Regional Migration Policy.  The development of the Policy was mandated by the CARICOM Heads of Government in 2019 at the 19th Special Summit on Crime and Security in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

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