Welcome to this section of the Regional Hub where you can find relevant information produced by IOM on COVID-19 and how migration is being affected in the region

Mobility Impacts COVID-19

The current COVID-19 outbreak has affected global mobility in the form of various travel disruptions, restrictions and blockages. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to map the impacts on human mobility, globally, regionally and nationally. Through the Monitoring of travel restrictions and the evaluation of the state baseline of the country entry points accessible on the page, you can obtain updated information on the countries of the region.Go to Website.

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Communication Materials COVID-19

In response to the COVID19 outbreak, the IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean developed a range of communication materials targetting specific stakeholders, including migrants, staff working at borders and at migrant shelters. These materials include: blog posts, videos instructional images and a podcast, primarily for distribution on social media. These materials are available in Spanish, English, French and Haitian Creole.Go to Website.






Graphic Materials

Migrants and the COVID-19 pandemic: An initial analysis

COVID-19 has emerged in a world tightly connected by local and international population movements, with more people moving for work, education and family reasons, tourism and survival than ever in the past (Skeldon, 2018). Intense population movements, in particular of tourists and business workers, have been a key driver of the global spread of the outbreak (Hodcroft et al., 2020 and 2018). The pandemic cannot as such be attributed to migration (Banulescu-Bogdan et al., 2020).Go to Website.


Migration Health Evidence Portal for

This evidence portal is a repository of research publications and high-yield evidence briefs on COVID-19 and its intersection with migration health.
The scientific literature and knowledge base on the epidemic rapidly expand daily. Tremendous efforts are being made by the global community of clinicians, researchers and journal editors to advance scientific evidence to guide policy and decision making at the field level. However, there is a need to build evidence platforms to share and distill key findings emergent from this growing body of scientific literature that is relevant to migration, health, and human mobility to ultimately assist evidence-informed decision making from a migration lens.Go to Website.

Standard Operating Procedures for Front-line Border Officials at the Points of Entry in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

The purpose of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)is to provide quick guidance to border officials to prevent disease transmission and contamination of the working and living premises by COVID-19, as well as effectively manage suspected and/or probable COVID-19 cases.Download


Climate change, Environmental Migration and the COVID-19 Pandemic

7 points explanation on the relationship between climate change, environmental migration, and COVID-19.Download.

IASC Interim Guidance - Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in Low Capacity and Humanitarian Settings

For the purpose of this guidance, these low capacity and humanitarian settings refer to settings characterized by some or all of the following, regardless of the social, humanitarian, citizenship, migration and asylum status of its residents and where these settings are locatedDownload


Policy Brief: COVID-19 and People on the Move

COVID-19 leaves few lives and places untouched. But its impact is harshest for those groups who were already in vulnerable situations before the crisis. This is particularly true for many people on the move, such as migrants in irregular situations, migrant workers with precarious livelihoods, or working in the informal economy, victims of trafficking in persons as well as people fleeing their homes because of persecution, war, violence, human rights violations or disaster, whether within their own countries — internally displaced persons (IDPs) — or across international borders — refugees and asylum-seekers..Download.

IOM COVID-10 Response Statement

TIOM will support countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants, including displaced persons, and the communities in which they live through the provision of ongoing assistance and capacity-building to ensure that the immediate response needs are met and socioeconomic recovery is promoted. .Go to Website.