OTTAWA (ON), May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Much of the world continues to face significant challenges from large-scale displacement, including forced displacement. Specifically, Mexico and countries in central America face unprecedented migration challenges, as well as unprecedented levels of displacement.
Recognizing these pressures, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama adopted the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS), an initiative that supports the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, with the aim of creating a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of forcibly displaced persons.
Canada recognizes the need for collaborative strategy and action to address the needs of refugees and forcibly displaced people in central America and Mexico. That is why the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, together with Gillian TriggAssistant Secretary-General and Deputy High Commissioner for Protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), gathered today to launch the MIRPS Support Platform Signing Event.
This signature event brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including members of the MIRPS Support Platform, representatives of MIRPS countries, UN agencies and international financial institutions, and other strategic players in the network. of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative States, the private sector and civil society, including refugee-led organizations. Together, they will share best practices and promote the expansion of admission channels for people in need of international protection. Over the next 3 days, participants listen to a series of panel discussions, participate in question and answer sessions, and visit refugee support organizations across the city.
MIRPS countries have noted that one of the most difficult challenges they face is the lack of basic and basic capacities of the asylum system to cope with the volume of applications. That is why Minister Fraser announced 3 new capacity building projects with the UNHCR, focused on building asylum processing capacity in the Americas.
- 2 new projects to strengthen the capacity of from Mexico the refugee agency (COMAR) to process and adjudicate asylum claims quickly and accurately and to help reduce backlogs. Efforts include supporting COMAR in digitizing its asylum case files and implementing new case tracking processes and systems in its Tapachula, Palenque and Tijuana offices, as well as the deployment of mobile processing and adjudication offices in areas experiencing an influx of asylum applications.
- A new project to improve refugee status determination procedures and registration processes for asylum seekers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. Activities include training and technical assistance to asylum system officials, supporting efforts to digitize asylum systems, and providing mobile application desks to expedite asylum applications.
Support for these projects reflects from Canada continued commitment as a member of the MIRPS Support Platform to offer protection and seek solutions to forcibly displaced people in central America and Mexico. Canada will continue to work with partner countries, international financial institutions, the private sector, regional bodies and other stakeholders to provide additional protection to those in need.
“A dynamic, regional approach to finding solutions for those in need of protection is crucial to meeting the needs of forcibly displaced people and better supporting the communities that so generously host them. Canada will continue to work with international partners to find long-term solutions for those fleeing violence and seeking safety in another country. As a global leader in resettlement, we will continue to share our experience with our partners to develop a comprehensive response for those most in need of protection.”
– The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“It is vitally important that as the world focuses on Ukraine and the terrible consequences of this war, we do not lose sight of all the other crises, because the fear of violence that forces people to flee is as serious as fleeing Ukrainefrom south sudanfrom Burmafrom central America and many other places where every day innocent men, women and children flee in search of safety.”
– Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
“In a context of large-scale forced displacement and worsening vulnerabilities, joint efforts to expand resettlement and complementary pathways for admission remain a priority, both as a tool of protection and solutions for some of the displaced populations. of the region most at risk, and a tangible demonstration of solidarity and responsibility-sharing with countries hosting increasing numbers of people in need of protection.”
– Gillian Triggs, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
- Launched by the High Commissioner Philip Grandi in 2019 at the first Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerlandthe MIRPS Support Platform is a support mechanism for responsibility sharing in forced displacement central America and Mexico. It was set up to support the efforts of the 7 MIRPS countries to offer protection, seek solutions and mobilize resources for these efforts.
- Members of the MIRPS Support Platform are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombiathe European Union, France, Spain, Swiss, Uruguay, United Statesthe Inter-American Development Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Platform is supported by UNHCR, as the technical secretariat of MIRPS, while Italy and the Holy See are observers.
- MIRPS countries are working to meet the needs of more than 900,000 people in northern central Americain addition to the 400,000 IDPs already present in the region.
SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
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