In Mexico City, UNHCR works through the implementing partner Programa Casa Refugiados (PCR) to support the integration of asylum-seekers and refugees, including through linkages to existing capacity-building and employment opportunities, among other services. PCR along with the American Institute for Educational Development (IADE) Foundation, started the network “Abriendo Puertas” (“Opening Doors”) to promote peaceful coexistence and human development through decent employment. To date, the network “Abriendo Puertas” is supported by several private sector companies. In 2017, as a result of collaboration between UNHCR and ILO, several public programmes such as Trabajo Digno (“Decent Work”), Mi primer empleo (“My first job”), and unemployment insurance modified their eligibility criteria in order to ensure the inclusion of refugees and asylum-seekers as beneficiaries. The Ministry of Labor is working in collaboration with PCR on providing access to various capacity-building, and economic and social development efforts for persons of concern. In August 2017, the Head of Government of Mexico City and the High Commissioner signed an agreement based on which persons of concern were included in 10 public programmes at the Mexico City level. Of note, 23 per cent of all the persons of concern reside in Mexico City.
UNHCR Mexico has worked with the municipal government, schools, and private sectors employers in Saltillo, Coahuila State, to implement the integration program for refugees in this city of solidarity. UNHCR is currently up-scaling its local integration programme in Saltillo aiming at relocating up to 500 refugees in 2018.
Since August 2016 to date, 227 refugees have benefited through the program (more than half in 2018), which provides relocation support, one-off integration cash grant for the first month, job placement in the first week of arrival and enrollment of refugee children in local schools. All participants have been employed in the formal sector, have opened bank accounts, and have access to formal health insurance. In May 2018, UNHCR relocated the first group of 10 refugees to Guadalajara.