City of Guatemala, by Julio Morales -AGN- The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, held a bilateral meeting with Amy Pope, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration -IOM-.
The meeting took place within the context of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States.
During the working meeting, the officials discussed the leading causes of irregular migration.
In this regard, they explored alternatives to strengthen cooperation to address irregular migration and expand legal pathways. Among the actions highlighted was the Safe Mobility Program, which promotes humane and orderly migration in the region.
In addition, during his working visit, the President noted that migration is becoming a matter of survival, leading to the breakdown of the social fabric of countries.
President Giammattei emphasized that Guatemala strongly condemns these human trafficking activities and the organized crime that has taken hold of them. He also noted that climate change forces migrants to endure hardships to reach countries where their dreams do not come true.
Actions by Guatemala
President Alejandro Giammattei’s administration has reiterated its commitment to preventing irregular migration and combating structures involved in human trafficking.
Promoting actions to generate employment through walls of prosperity has been emphasized since President Giammattei took office.
Government authorities recall that migration has structural causes that the current administration has addressed since its term began.
Walls of Prosperity
This strategy promoted by the Government seeks to encourage programs that provide employment, health, education, and security to Guatemalans to prevent them from traveling irregularly to other countries.
It also includes investment in the border area with Mexico, covering sectors in Guatemala such as Huehuetenango, San Marcos, and Quiché and municipalities in the Mexican states of Chiapas and a portion of Tabasco.