The first entrepreneurship fair for migrants in Mexico, held by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), applauds the diversity that exists in Mexico, said this Friday the head of mission of the IOM, Dana Graber.
This was stated by her during the presentation of the “Building Bridges” fair, which will be held this weekend at the El Rule Cultural Center, in Mexico City, and will receive the products and services of 45 migrants who now reside in the country.
“It is an opportunity to buy things from other parts of the world and celebrate the diversity that these people bring to Mexico,” said Graber, who framed the event with the celebration of International Migrants Day, on December 18.
She highlighted that it will be an opportunity for Mexican citizens to learn about and buy different products, such as furniture, clothing or food, just during times of high consumption such as Christmas.
In his speech before the media, he highlighted that Mexico “is the most important corridor” at the migratory level, especially with regard to the border with the United States, and opted to see migration “as a solution” to different global challenges.
Next, the Minister Counselor of Political Affairs of the United States Embassy in Mexico, Brian Naranjo, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to “promoting a safe, orderly and humane immigration system” and valued the “joint work” done with the IOM and other organizations in Latin America.
The general director of the Human Mobility Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arturo Rocha, also intervened, recalling that, as an administration, they have “the moral obligation” to care for migrants, which is not “a problem, but an opportunity”.
‘Expand the bridges’ in 2024
On the other hand, the co-founder of the civil organization Asochamas, Luisamelia Arreaza, requested that by 2024 the bridges between countries be “expanded” and that “so many blockade policies” at the immigration level be avoided.
This organization provides support to Venezuelan women currently living in Mexico, as is the case of Arreaza, who had to leave her native country in 2014 due to the economic and political situation.
“People who work in different countries do not understand why there cannot be more flexible policies to be able to migrate and move from one country to another,” she explained.
Also with next year on the horizon, the IOM Head of Mission prescribed “realism” in the face of the challenges that will come, marked by the maintenance of negative conditions in the countries of origin and by the “moment of elections” that they will experience both Mexico like the United States.