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UNICEF Partners to Inked Work Plan for Migrants and Refugees in Belize

Three United Nations organizations – UNICEF, UNHCR and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have inked a work plan for migrants and refugees in Belize. According to a press release, the document outlines strategic actions to protect the local population of migrants and refugees through advocacy and legal reform. Additionally, the collaboration seeks to strengthen data systems, technical capacities to improve response and provision of services to support their integration into Belizean society. The plan also includes the development of minimum acceptable standards for service delivery in migrant and refugee hosting communities and protocols to protect against statelessness. Diana Locke, IOM’s Head of Office stated (quote) “It is our hope to partner with Government and Stakeholders to ensure a safe, orderly and dignified migration process” (End quote). The joint work plan, signed on Thursday, seeks to build the capacity of government institutions to enhance birth registration, child protection, and to provide support with integration services. The Agencies will also continue community engagement through mobile hubs where asylum seeking, refugee and migrant families have access to services such as health and birth registration as well as information on asylum and migration procedures.