Guatemala and the United States have announced the upcoming launch of “Secure Mobility Offices” in Guatemala as part of a comprehensive program to address irregular migration. The pilot program aims to provide legal pathways to the United States and other countries, facilitate family reunifications, and offer access to temporary work visas.
Starting from June 12, 2023, appointments for the Secure Mobility Offices can be made through the website movilidadsegura.org. The joint statement by both governments did not specify the exact locations where these offices will operate within Guatemala.
In April, the US government revealed plans to establish migrant care centers in Guatemala and Colombia after the expiration of Title 42, a measure that allowed for swift deportations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns were raised by Guatemalan officials regarding the potential increase in irregular migration and the strain it may place on the country’s resources.
Following a recent high-level delegation visit from the US, both governments have committed to taking critical steps to address irregular migration and expand legal routes. Guatemala serves as both a country of origin for many individuals migrating to the United States and a transit territory for migrants from other nations seeking refuge from poverty or violence.