Ibero-American Programme on Education, Culture and Migrations (PIECUM)

In 2003, UNESCO, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OIS) and the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) started the Ibero-American Programme on Education, Culture and Migrations (PIECUM) in order to promote strengthening, training and updating of policies related to migration.

The programme seeks to improve the understanding of these themes, to undertake research-action and intervene in migration processes with appropriate tools.

“PIECUM” focuses on three points of action:

  • Training, in order to strengthen policies and governance in international migration, within a framework of cultural diversity and respect for human rights. The training aims to strengthen the capacities of civil servants, university lecturers and civil society stakeholders in migration policies, with a view to coherently addressing international laws.
  • Research-action. In collaboration with the seminar participants, the objective is to exchange on migration policies and programmes, relations, social interaction and intercultural within the framework of migration. The guidelines for research-action are elaborated taking into consideration the local specificities of each society.
  • Capacity-building of social actors. Development of programmes of action on subjects such as the return of migrants and links with their diasporas, the regularization of illegal migrants, the integration of immigrants in the recipient countries, and the promotion of activities on the issue of migration and development.

Beneficiaries: doctoral students, civil servants, NGO, professionals and all the actors that are concerned by these themes. National and international professors and civil servants will carry out the capacity-building activities.

Several research institutes are partners of this programme: Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Argentina; Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Ecuador; Universidad de la Coruña, Spain; Universidad Iberoamericana et Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico.

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