Montevideo, Uruguay

24-hour center for migrant women and their dependents


The Government of Montevideo will establish a 24-hour center for migrants and refugees seeking safety within the city. The center will have special accommodations for single women and their dependents, particularly those who are at risk of homelessness. Through the center, migrants and refugees will have improved access to other social services (such as livelihoods programs), referral networks, temporary shelter, and information critical to their stay in Montevideo (such as access to work permits). The Government of Montevideo will operate the center in coordination with relevate public, private, and civil society organizations to ensure migrant’ needs are met with specific emphasis on the needs of migrant women and their dependents


Montevideo’s project has two main outcomes:

  • Migrants, with emphasis on women with dependent children, have improved access to the formal labor market with the capacity to support themselves with their family and create a sustainable socio-economic inclusion in Montevideo. 
  • Migrants have improved access to the socio-educational and legal support for a safe and dignified residence in Montevideo, provided by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in the subject

Montevideo’s project has one key innovation:

  • The project relies on meaningful partnerships with all relevant stakeholder groups, including national government, civil society, and private-sector stakeholders.  
Priority Objectives
Protecting those most vulnerable
Providing access to urban infrastructure, social services, and education regardless of status
Realising socio-economic inclusion
Realising socio-economic inclusion
Local or regional government
Carolina Cosse
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