Global Virtual Exchange for the Latin American Diaspora of African Descent



In 2018, a World Bank study indicated that one in four people in Latin America identifies as of African descent. This signifies a community of 133 million members. Most of which are concentrated in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Ecuador, according to data from "Afro-descendants in Latin America, towards a framework of inclusion". However, Afro-descendant communities constitute a highly heterogeneous population and are unevenly distributed in the region, but they share a long history of displacement. In this context, the approach to Afro-descendant identities in the Latin American diaspora constitutes a space for exchange of knowledge, experiences, challenges, and opportunities as well as explore how they relate to those of other communities such as the more recent African diaspora.

Within the framework of these exchanges, giving a voice to the young communities of the diaspora, represented in many cases by second and third generations, is key because their identity construction is often more complex compared to those of the first generation. This contribution will make it possible to broaden the prism of identities as part of building a common future.  Facilitating this exchange at a global level, and specifically at the European level.  Within Europe,  Spain represents one of the main destination countries, where the existence of a common language allows fluid communication and the exploration of common opportunities  and challenges.  For this reason, IOM promotes this dialogue between Latin American communities of African descent and more recent African migrants to enhance the impact and effectiveness of their contributions to society.


The objective of the Global Virtual Exchange for the Latin American Diaspora of African descent, which coincides with the International Day of Afro-descendants, is double. First, we seek to provide a space for groups in the Afro-descendant Latin American diaspora to explore their belonging to both identities and how this has influenced their experiences in relation to their communities of origin and host. As a complement to this reflection, we will invite members of the African diaspora to share experiences and practices, explore similarities and differences, and maximize the possibility ofestablishing alliances that could contribute to the creation of a more continuous dialogue of exchange of experiences.

As a result of this global virtual meeting, it is expected to contribute to the conversation about the intersectionality and complexity of the sense of belonging. This can provide evidence for the development of tailor-made initiatives to address the specific needs of different diaspora groups and understand how multiple identities can drive innovative interventions to drive sustainable development. To this end, it is expected to elaborate a document aimed at encouraging the conversations of public and private organizations, which will allow to address the issue of identity, in its dimensions based on shared perspectives and recommendations.






IOM Welcome Remarks

10 mins

Reflections on identity and belonging among diasporas

Panel discussion

20 mins

Opportunities for the integration of diaspora in their host communities

Panel discussion

20 mins

Exchange of experiences

Plenary discussion

50 mins

Summary of the conversations

Closing remarks

20 mins

Please note that the event will be primarily in Spanish but English translation will be available.

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11 - 12 Juil 2023
Organisation pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO); Organisation Internationale du Travail (OIT); Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM); ONU Femmes; Nations Unies; Fonds des Nations unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF); Programme des Nations unies pour les établissements humains (PNUEH); Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population (UNFPA); Observatoire National de La Jeunesse, Ministère de la jeunesse et des sports