Carribbean Regional Conference on the Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Mixed Migration Flows (22-23 May 2013)

Conference Poster  © UNHCR

On May 22-23, 2013, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration organized a regional conference in Nassau, the Bahamas, on the protection of vulnerable people in mixed migration flows in the Caribbean.

The conference was the latest in a series of regional conferences in recent years on refugee protection and international migration. Aimed at promoting cooperation and identifying good practices, it also received funding support from the United States Department of State.

Almost 100 delegates attended the meeting, including representatives of governments and civil society from 25 nations across the Caribbean as well as international and regional organizations such as the International Maritime Organization, the Organization of American States, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Health Organization and the International Detention Coalition.

Specific goals included fostering regional cooperation, inter-State dialogue and partnership and promoting a protection-sensitive and solution-oriented approach to mixed migration management in the region; assisting states to address the protection needs of vulnerable people in mixed migration flows; and identifying and sharing good practices and experiences in managing mixed migration flows in the Caribbean.

The conference also focused on data collection and analysis of migration profiles; protection-sensitive entry systems; rescue at sea operations, interception and disembarkation; identification and protection of vulnerable people within mixed migration flows, including victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors; international and regional cooperation mechanisms; and access to solutions for refugees and other vulnerable groups, including assisted voluntary return and reintegration.

Participants stressed the need to enhance regional cooperation and partnership to improve the management of mixed migration flows and identified possible next steps in boosting regional cooperation and partnership; enhancing national and regional capacities; and identifying solutions.

Conference Documents

1. Main Conference documents

2. Conference Background documents

3. Conference Conclusions

4. Conference Statements

5. Conference Plenary Presentations

6. Media

7. Conference Poster