Economic integration

Canada continues to improve the socio-economic integration of migrants and refugees in Latin America

OTTAWA (ON), August 16, 2022 /CNW/ – In Canada, diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Our diversity, coupled with our commitment to inclusion and welcoming others, leads to a better understanding and respect for human rights, as well as other economic, civic and cultural benefits.

Inclusion is a value that we share with our partners in Latin America. At the same time, this region faces the challenges of increased human mobility – where refugees and migrants often face unfair recruitment practices, a lack of social protection and a shortage of adequate work or inclusion in local labor markets. It is also a sad reality that many will face xenophobia, gender-based violence and anti-migrant sentiments.

This is why the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in his capacity as a champion of the Global Compact for Migration and a strong supporter of the Global Compact on Refugees, commends the International Organization of Labor for successfully completing its first Canada-supported capacity building project. This project aims to improve the socio-economic integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants by Latin America.

Building on this important work to combat irregular migration and forced displacement in the region, Minister Fraser is also pleased to announce the launch of 2 additional capacity building projects to further improve the quality of life and employment opportunities for migrants and forcibly displaced persons.

The first project focuses on strengthening regional collaboration to improve fair recruitment practices as well as the integration of migrants and refugees, including returnees, into local labor markets by Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. This initiative will review and propose updates to labor codes, support skills certification and improve access to job training. It will also provide technical assistance to public and private sector organizations on fair recruitment practices. In addition to increasing professional integration and strengthening the independence of refugees and migrants, the project aims to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking and forced labour.

The second project supports the regional strategy by Latin America for the socio-economic integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants. This project focuses on improving skills, employment and access to decent work in Colombia and Panama by creating a network of public employment service providers and by implementing a regional mechanism for the recognition and certification of professional and vocational skills. It will also provide technical support to public employment service providers and vocational training institutions to create or strengthen programs for refugee and migrant workers.

These two projects aim to successfully integrate migrants and refugees into local labor markets by supporting skills certifications and simplifying access to the training needed for various occupations and sectors. As a result, migrants and refugees at all skill levels will have the potential to make positive contributions to the economy, while gaining transferable skills and life experiences.


“As champion of the Global Compact for Migration, Canada is proud to partner with the International Labor Organization in its efforts to promote the socio-economic integration of refugees and migrants into labor markets through Latin America. Today’s celebration is a reflection of our continued commitment to building a resilient, diverse and equitable future for all, including the world’s most vulnerable. »
– The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Promoting fair recruitment and addressing the labor aspects of migration and forced displacement is essential for the successful socio-economic integration of migrants and refugees. This is how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the International Labor Organization understand it, and these projects pave the way for a path that the two institutions have been walking together for some time.”
–Elena Montobbio, Director, International Labor Organization Office for central America, Haiti, Panama and the Dominican Republic

Fast facts

  • In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The Declaration launched separate processes to create 2 non-legally binding global compacts: the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees.

  • The Global Compact for Migration aims to improve cooperation on international migration to “make migration work for everyone”. It draws attention to the challenges posed by irregular migration, while highlighting the positive contributions of migrants and the benefits of regular pathways and well-managed migration systems.

  • The Global Compact on Refugees aims to move towards more holistic and whole-of-society responses to refugee situations, as well as to provide more predictable and sustainable support to refugees and the communities hosting them. This includes providing refugees with access to durable solutions in third countries and supporting refugee-hosting countries for more equitable burden-sharing.

  • from Canada engagement on the two compacts was co-led by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Global Affairs Canada.

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