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Applying Comprehensive Responses (CRRF) in North and Central America - February 2018

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MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The MIRPS has been developed through government-led consultations with all stakeholders, including persons of concern, UN country teams, civil society, the private sector and academia acquiring a whole-of-society approach. Regional networks and organizations complement the national action plans and set up regional and global responsibility-sharing mechanisms to bring a regional dimension to the MIRPS.

  • As a direct result of the MIRPS, Mexico has taken steps to guarantee access to training, employment programmes and financial services to refugees. Guatemala has further advanced in their commitment to provide access to job support services for refugees. Belize and Panama proposed actions to include refugees in national education services. In Costa Rica refugees living in vulnerable circumstances will enjoy access to government-led welfare programmes and Honduras started a project to map of potentially contested land in future return areas laying the groundwork for a more participatory solutions approach.

  • A portfolio of 30 priority projects that dovetail with the longer term operationalization of the three year national plans into joint programming and projects, engaging development partners and other key stakeholders has been developed. This initial investment aims to reinforce and promote the underlining partnerships that form the foundation of the MIRPS.

  • The Organization of the Americas States (OAS) secretariat is setting up a follow-up mechanism for implementation of the MIRPS and to facilitate the coordination and exchange of best practices.

  • United States, Canada, Australia and Uruguay have guaranteed their cooperation through expanding their countries quotas to the Protection Transfer Agreement (PTA). Argentina and Brazil have also have also expressed their commitment to participate in the PTA program in 2018