The Foreign Ministry commemorated International Migrants Day
in recognition of the important contributions made by Mexican migrants and
migrants of other nationals to the communities where they live around the
Since 2000, International Migrants Day has been commemorated
every year on December 18 to make the world’s population aware of migrants’ human
rights, and of their issues and challenges in every region of the world.
This year, the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) invited the international community to remember the refugees and migrants
who have lost their lives during their travels in search of better
opportunities for themselves and their families.
As a country of departure, destination, transit and return
of migrants, Mexico has become known around the world for the steps it has
taken to facilitate the processes related to migration, for integrating
immigrants into their communities of destination, for helping them keep their
ties to their places of origin and ensuring full respect for their human
Since Claudia Ruiz Massieu took over as Foreign Secretary,
the Foreign Ministry has taken the following steps in this area
The Mexican consulate in San Jose, California
was certified as the first diplomatic office to meet customer service standards
enabling it to serve Mexicans abroad more efficiently.
A Letter of Intent was signed between the
Foreign Ministry and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment
of Women (UN Women) on November 25 to provide consular attention to the victims
of gender-based violence.
A convention was signed between the Foreign
Ministry and the National Electoral Institute on December 17 to issue voter
registration cards to Mexicans living abroad.
IME (Institute for Mexicans Abroad) scholarships
for thousands of Mexicans living in the United States for elementary, middle
and high school education.
Gender workshops in Montreal, Austin, Chicago
and Los Angeles.
The "This is my Mexico" Children's
Painting Contest for Mexican children and children with Mexican backgrounds around
These and other programs help improve the living conditions
and opportunities of migrants and ensure better service from the consulates for
our citizens. It is estimated that there are more than 11.9 million Mexicans
living abroad, of which 97% live in the United States.