Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME)
- Responsible Organisations: Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico (Government)
- ILO Regions: Americas
- Country(ies): Mexico; United States
- Thematic areas: Migration and development
- MLFLM: 15.
More than 12 million Mexicans currently live outside Mexico, with the vast majority residing in the United States. In the 1990s, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico initiated a programme targeting Mexicans abroad to strengthen their ties with Mexico and to support the health and education infrastructures within diasporic communities. This programme was reorganised in 2003 to become the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior). The IME represents a new emphasis on empowering Mexican communities abroad in addition to strengthening their ties to communities of origin. The IME brings together all relevant stakeholders in Mexico and the United States to discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting Mexicans abroad. It coordinates stakeholders' activities; organises seminars and conferences on migration; and makes recommendations and implements programmes for communities abroad. It effectively incorporates the emigrant community into socio-political processes in Mexico, thus ensuring both the inclusion of emigrant concerns into State policies and their continued interest, and investment, in Mexico's development. IME's diverse range of programmes includes Tu Vivienda en México (Your Home in Mexico), which seeks to encourage and promote the purchasing of homes in Mexico by the diaspora population and Ventanilla de Salud (Health Window), a health information programme that benefited over 1 million people in 2012.