Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. As part of the support and recognition of the migrant community living abroad, a memorandum of understanding was signed to promote the programs the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security -IGSS- has made available to Guatemalan citizens worldwide.
According to the Press Secretary of the Presidency, Kevin López Oliva, “The signing of the memorandum materializes a commitment that the President of the Republic has had with the migrant population, the respect of the migrant through institutional services.”
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex-, the IGSS, and the Social Communication Secretariat of the Presidency.
In his speech, Secretary López Oliva emphasized that the Government has promoted several programs to assist the Guatemalan community abroad, aiming to enhance the welfare of migrants.
The IGSS now has the commitment to recognize and compensate for the efforts of Guatemalan migrants abroad in terms of social protection. This is carried out through Agreement 1543 of the IGSS Board of Directors. The agreement establishes the benefits of the new coverage extension for Guatemalan migrants and their families.
He stressed that the purpose of this memorandum is to share the programs that the IGSS offers to Guatemalan migrants around the world.
The Executive Branch also highlighted the assistance provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its consular offices around the world. Therefore, this campaign will be carried out through the 91 embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions of the Minex worldwide.
About the Agreement
On October 4, 2023, President Alejandro Giammattei provided details on the approval of Agreement 1543. It refers to the coverage of the Social Security Scheme for Guatemalan migrants.
In his message, President Giammattei recalled that the National Innovation and Development Plan 2020–2024 includes the commitment to provide public services to countries where there are Guatemalan migrants.
Furthermore, he emphasized that to make the approval of the agreement possible, financial and actuarial analyses were conducted, as well as a study of the structural and socioeconomic causes of the migratory phenomenon.
IGSS has set up a digital section on its official website: https://www.igssgt.org/trabajador-migrante/.
The section contains the name of the Guatemalan migrant worker. In this section, there is information on benefits such as pensions, benefits for family members, and migrant workers. It also provides payment mechanisms and tutorials to learn more about this benefit.
It also details the requirements for affiliation, including:
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be abroad.
- Provide one of the following identification documents: DPI, passport, consular ID, or affiliation card.
It is important to note that if migrants do not have the DPI, they must apply for it at the nearest Guatemalan consulate.