Institutions participating in the Surveys

The Survey of Migration at Mexico’s Northern Border (EMIF Norte) is a project carried out since 1993 by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), the National Population Council (CONAPO) and the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS). In 2003, the National Migration Institute (INM) joined this project; in 2004 the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE) joined, and the Secretariat of Health (SS) joined only in 2011. In 2013, the Migration Policy Bureau (UPM) of the Secretariat of Government (SEGOB) replaced the INM in the project. During 2012 and 2013 the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) supported the project. In 2014 the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED) joined the project and in 2015 the Secretariat of Social Development now entitled Secretariat of Welfare.

The Survey of Migration at Mexico’s Southern Border (EMIF SUR) began in 2004 as a joint effort among COLEF, CONAPO, STPS, SRE and INM. The SS briefly joined the project in 2011. In 2013, the UPM of the SEGOB replaces the INM in the project. During 2012 and 2013 CONACYT supported the project. In 2014 CONAPRED joined the project and in 2015 the Secretariat of Social Development now entitled Secretariat of Welfare.


About the institutions participating


El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (EL COLEF)

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF, for its Spanish acronym) is a public research center whose purpose is to generate scientific knowledge on regional phenomena of the US-Mexico border, as well as training high level professionals and link institutionally in order to contribute to the development of the region. Since 2000, the COLEF is part of the network of the Public Research Centers of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

Secretariat of Government

The Secretariat of Government (SEGOB, for its Spanish acronym) is the federal department responsible for addressing the political development of the country and assist in the conduct of relations between the Federal Executive Branch with the other branches of government and other levels of government to promote social harmony, social peace, development and welfare of Mexicans in the rule of law. Also, according to the Organic Act of the Federal Public Administration and the Immigration Act, SEGOB is responsible for formulating and directing the public policy for migration.

Migration Policy Bureau of Secretariat of Government

The mission of the Migration Policy Bureau (UPM, for its Spanish acronym) is to design and propose strategies, programs and actions that form a comprehensive, coherent and informed migration policy for the Mexican State, that respects and safeguards human rights, facilitates immigration documents and contributes to the preservation of national sovereignty and security, taking into account the powers of the Union, levels of government and civil society, within a framework of shared responsibility with the governments of other countries and contribution to national development.

National Population Council

The National Population Council (CONAPO, for its Spanish acronym), mandated by the Population Act, has the task of regulating the phenomena which affect the population in terms of volume, structure, dynamics and distribution in the country, in order to make it partake fairly and equitably in the benefits of economic and social development.

National Council to Prevent Discrimination

The National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED, for its Spanish acronym) is the institution in charge of promoting policies and measures to contribute to the cultural and social development and to advance social inclusion and guarantee the right to equality, which is the first of the fundamental rights in the Federal Constitution. It is also responsible of receiving and resolving claims and complaints of alleged discriminatory acts committed by private individuals or federal authorities in the exercise of their functions. CONAPRED also develops actions to protect all citizens of any distinction or exclusion based on ethnic or national origin, sex, age, disability, social or economic status, health, pregnancy, language, religion, opinions, sexual orientation, marital status or any other, that prevents or annuls the recognition or exercise of the rights and real equality of opportunity of people.

Secretariat of Foreign Affairs

The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE, for its Spanish acronym) seeks to harmonize the international efforts of the country. In terms of foreign policy of the current administration, its priority is the implementation of Mexico's international obligations on human rights.

Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare

The Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS, for its Spanish acronym) has as guiding principles the promotion of investments in an economy that is increasingly competitive, that generates jobs and promotes labor relations based on productivity; the reconciliation of interests between the factors of production to achieve industrial peace and legality in terms of social welfare, labor inclusion and gender equality.

Secretariat of Welfare

It is the mission of the Secretariat of Welfare to contribute in the building of a society in which all people, regardless of their social, economic, ethnic, physical, or any other status, are guaranteed the fulfillment of their social rights and enjoyment of a decent standard of living through the formulation and conduct of social development policy that promotes capacity development, dignified environment and income, and social participation and protection, giving special attention to the most vulnerable social sectors.