Regional Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration in the Americas: Protection Considerations in the Context of Mixed Migration (San José, Costa Rica, 19-20 November 2009)

Migration, 20 November 2009

Conference poster

The Regional Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration in the Americas was hosted by the government of Costa Rica and took place on 19-20 November 2009 in San José. Its main aim was to enhance the response to mixed movements in the Americas in a protection-sensitive manner, both on the national level as well as through enhanced utilization of existing regional migration processes and human rights mechanisms.

The conference brought together more than 200 representatives from 20 states, academia and civil society. In plenary sessions and working groups, participants identified the main protection challenges, exchanged information and experiences and discussed the protection needs of, amongst others, refugees, trafficked persons, unaccompanied/separated children and victims of physical/sexual violence or trauma, as well as the human rights of people on the move.

The conference was funded by the European Commission and the US State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration. It was co-organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the Organization of American States, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

1. Main Conference Documents

2. UNHCR 10-Point Plan on Mixed Migration and Refugee Protection

3. Background Information on Mixed Migration

3.1 Extra-Regional and Stranded Migrants

3.2 Human Rights and People on the Move

3.3 Identifying and providing International Protection

3.4 Migration Management

3.5 Profiling and Referral Mechanisms

3.6 Smuggled and Irregular Migrants

3.7 Unaccompanied Children

3.8 Victims of Human Trafficking

4. Mixed Migration in the Americas

5. Regional Migration Policy

6. Conference Poster

7. Visit UNHCR's Spanish website for conference information in Spanish.