Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alicia Bárcena Ibarra and Labor Secretary Marath Baruch Bolaños López (STPS) took part in launching the TENT Mexico program, aimed at creating business coalitions that benefit refugees and migrants.

At the event, Foreign Secretary Bárcena discussed the importance of effectively and empathetically integrating refugees and migrants into society and the economy by creating safe and orderly labor mobility pathways.

"Work is the master key for combating inequality and poverty and what our migrants experience. We shouldn’t see them in this situation; we must include all of them in society. The important thing is work (...) I believe that, with this partnership between government, society, employers and workers, we can achieve it," she said.

She said that companies are agents of change, so integrating refugees and migrants into the workforce is not an act of charity, it is an act of community commitment, global solidarity and social responsibility.

"Mexico is carrying out high-impact projects such as the Maya Train, the Transisthmus Corridor and on the border, which create opportunities but, as Amy Pope says, if the private sector does not play a role in this productive and commercial integration, it is impossible to create jobs," she added.

Labor Secretary Marath Bolaños López said that the Mexican government's migration policy is based on full respect for human rights. Human mobility and labor migration have various drivers, such as the lack of opportunities in the countries of origin. Therefore, the National Employment Service is promoting a policy of labor inclusion and giving priority to those who face the greatest barriers to the job market, among them the migrant population seeking work in Mexico. To this end, there are 166 offices throughout the country and more than 2,500 job counselors.

"Refugees and migrants and, in general, the population in a context of mobility, prove to be a very important source of talent for the private sector in Mexico, in order to meet the staffing needs that are not met in the country. The talent of the migrant population is complementary to that of Mexicans and under no circumstances can we say that Mexicans are displaced,” emphasized Secretary Bolaños López.

The Labor Ministry will soon launch the labor mobility microsite "México te emplea" (Mexico will hire you), where job seekers will be able to register their CVs and find formal jobs. The commitment of all those present at the event will be to post their job openings. This site joins the Job Portal, the Labor Exchange and the Job Fairs, all of which are events migrants and refugees can attend to find jobs, the secretary explained.

The TENT Partnership for Refugees is a global partnership of companies whose aim is to integrate refugees into the economy. The partnership includes more than 350 large companies from various sectors. It is present in Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and now Mexico.

At the launch of TENT Mexico, 50 companies from sectors such as technology, health, e-commerce and retail, logistics, hospitality and food have joined forces to create 10,000 jobs for migrants and refugees over the next few years.

The goal is to facilitate interaction between refugees and migrants and companies in the receiving countries, to bring this population into the job market. This helps achieve greater social cohesion, reducing economic burdens on the government and promoting the successful social integration of refugees.

Attending the event were TENT founder Hamdi Ulukaya; Femsa CEO and Chairman José Antonio Fernández Carbajal; IOM Director General Amy Pope; US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar; Mexican Labor Secretary Marath Bolaños López and UNHCR Representative in Mexico Giovanni Lepri.

 

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