At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the challenges faced by MIRPS countries worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, forcibly displaced people with protection needs faced new risks to their health, security, access to rights, and resilience.
Forced Displacement in Figures
Over one million people have been forcibly displaced in and from countries in Central America and Mexico due to violence, inequality, poverty, and food insecurity.
Climate change and the impact of COVID-19 are emerging factors that have exacerbated underlying vulnerabilities and left many people across the region with no option but to flee.
What is the MIRPS?
The Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS) effectively promotes a coordinated regional response to forced displacement, engages all relevant stakeholders, and galvanizes essential humanitarian, development, public, and private sector initiatives.
The countries that make up the MIRPS are Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama.
Improve mechanisms for reception and admission
Respond to humanitarian and protection needs
Support host countries and communities
Enhance opportunities for durable solutions
The Support Platform
The MIRPS Support Platform was established in December 2019 on the sidelines of the first Global Forum on Refugees to support the efforts of the MIRPS countries to seek solutions to forced displacement and to offer protection to those suffering from it. The Support Platform also aims to mobilise support from other players, whether international or national, public or private, in these efforts.
The Support Platform is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the European Union (EU), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), France, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, the United States of America, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Organization of American States (OAS), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).