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National Legislation*

The [Inter-American Program for the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants, including Migrant Workers and their Families], in its specific activity number 29, mandates the Secretariat for Legal Affairs (SLA) to “compile and disseminate on its website current national migration legislation, policies, and requirements” of the Member States of the Organization, with the purpose of encouraging awareness and a technical, political and comparative dialogue on the matter.

The database prepared by the Department of International Law contains information pertaining to 18 Member States. [The database] will be complemented in the near future so as to include the rest of the OAS member states.  Specific information on the migration policies and requirements of the member states will also be posted soon.

We would like to express our recognition to the UNHCR, whose database has been a fundamental resource in compiling this information.

* In accordance with the Inter-American Program for the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants, including Migrant Workers and their Families, the database contained in this site is intended for the purposes of dissemination.  It therefore lacks legal authority.  The information provided attempts to reflect as accurately as possible the main pieces of legislation on the subject-matter in each of the countries, as well as some secondary regulations, without being exhaustive or thoroughly comprehensive.  It should also be noted that changes in the internal legislation of the countries may occur which might alter the validity of the legal norms contained in this database.   

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