Partner Spotlight: Country Support in Mexico

IDMC has been working with the Unit for Migration Policy, Registration, and Personal Identity (UPMRIP) of the Mexican Ministry of Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación, SEGOB) since July 2019. The objective of this partnership is to support Mexico's efforts to better measure, prevent and respond to internal displacement, and to give the issue the political visibility it deserves both domestically and globally.

At a glance

Rocío González Higuera, UPMRIP, Andrés Ramirez Silva, Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance and Alexandra Bilak, IDMC at a camp for IDPs in Chiapas, Mexico in 2019.

IDMC’s team visited Mexico in July and October 2019. Since then, technical workshops with SEGOB have been held virtually throughout 2020 and early 2021. IDMC’s support includes advising SEGOB on the design of its national strategy on internal displacement, helping them identify existing data sources, establish systems to create an IDP registry, and coordinate analysis in order to the develop future operational strategies and public policies. As we await the outcome of the legislative proposals currently under consideration by Mexico’s Congress, IDMC’s initial contribution will be through the review of existing data systems and frameworks, and the sharing of relevant tools and approaches borrowed from the experiences of other countries.

In depth

The assistance we will provide includes:

  1. Documenting and sharing the experience of Colombia’s Single Victims’ Registry (RUV) to inform Mexico’s plans to develop a national IDP registry. IDMC is collaborating with Colombia’s Victims’ Unit to understand and compile lessons learned from setting up an IDP registry and addressing internal displacement. Colombia’s Single Victims Registry (RUV) is currently the most advanced in the world and is instrumental in providing attention, assistance and monitoring of durable solutions to internal displacement. The Registry is also an example of institutional integration with access to vast amounts of government data that allow the identification of needs and the monitoring of vulnerabilities associated with displacement. Starting with the experience of Colombia, gathering knowledge and evidence of successful registries will allow Mexico to take confident and informed decisions when designing its own policy and tools.
  2. Supporting Mexico's National Population Council (CONAPO) and SEGOB in analysing the existing data of relevance to internal displacement with a view to informing future public policies, and by identifying key gaps where to direct government efforts. Identifying and adapting the existing data sources is key to harnessing the resources and tools already in place. These can already provide a better understanding of internal displacement in the country and also have the potential to be foundations of an IDP registry.
  3. Working with Civil Protection to access and analyse the information collected at the state level on evacuations, shelters and housing destruction in the context of sudden-onset disasters. Although Mexico does not currently report on disaster displacement, its robust and advanced Civil Protection system already provides assistance and shelter to evacuated and displaced people and collects information that could allow to estimate the magnitude of disaster displacement countrywide. IDMC will advise on how best to integrate monitoring and measurement efforts for both conflict and disaster-related displacement, in order to achieve an integrated system that can feed into cross-cutting, sectoral reporting frameworks, including health, education, housing etc.