The Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) represent a consultative forum of more than 20 governments and 10 international organizations which exchange information and best practices on a wide range of migration issues. Officially launched in January of 2016, it offers a cooperation framework on migration for the Caribbean region and provides an informal and flexible framework for states and other stakeholders to meet on an equal footing to address issues of both common and unique concern.
In this regard, CMC works as a targeted migration dialogue policy process promoting migration partnerships among the countries and overseas territories of the Caribbean.
In January of 2016 eight countries, in coordination with the IOM and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) met to discuss establishing a regional consultative process. The countries and territories of Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands identified priority themes to pursue, including:
Collection of data, information sharing, and analysis of migration related issues;
Systematic consultations on migration issues; and
Sharing of good practices in regards to refugees and vulnerable migrants.
In December of 2016, 15 countries and territories met for the first meeting on thematic issues: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, Netherlands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The group focused on refugee protection in mixed migrations and on border management, collection and sharing for data and intelligence on migration-related issues. The groups was also introduced to the development of the Caribbean Platform for Migration Governance (CPMG).