The Tribunal Administrativo Migratorio (TAM) (Migration Administrative Court) and Katelijne Declerck, the President of the IARMJ have the honor of inviting you to the “12th World Conference of the International Association of Refugees and Migration Judges (IARMJ)”, which will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 17 to 21 February 2020.

The theme of this World Conference will be: “A New World on the Move: The Realities of Mass Irregular Migration and the Challenges Facing Refugees and Migration Judges.”

For Costa Rica and for the TAM, this is a unique opportunity to receive the IARMJ judges, decision makers and adjudicators from around the globe, and share good practices in the comprehensive approach and treatment of migrants and people seeking international protection.
Today, more than 70.8 million people around the world have been forced to move in search of a safer place. Many of them seek protection.

During the conference, migration and asylum issues will be approached from different angles, considering legal and humanitarian consequences in the countries of transit and destination. Indeed, mass influxes challenge countries. They are compelled to ensure the protection of basic rights of migrants and asylum seekers, guarantee the safety of those in need of protection and uphold the rule of law.

The IARMJ pre-conference workshop will provide training opportunities and fully address specific and current issues related to refugee law as well as aspects of migration law.

Understanding not only the importance of the international protection of refugees and the rights of migrants but also strengthening the national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with international law standards, is, indeed without a doubt, one of the incontrovertible imperatives of our time.

The presidents of the IARMJ and the TAM, as well as other Costa Rican public institutions are pleased to welcome you. They will make their best efforts so that your participation in the 12th IARMJ World Conference, and your stay in Costa Rica are an excellent professional and personal experience.

Gabriela Richard
President Migration Administrative Court Costa Rica

Katelijne Declerck
President IARMJ