Institute of Mexicans Abroad

In 1990 the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (or Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior-IME) was formed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the involvement of Mexican communities abroad and provide information and services in the areas of health, education, culture and community organization. According to the IME website, its goal is to promote strategies, integrate programs, collect proposals and recommendations from the communities, their members, their organizations and advisory bodies designed to raise the living standards of Mexican communities abroad as well as executing the directives emanating from the National Council for Mexican Communities Abroad.

For more information on IME or programs within your community, please visit or contact your local Mexican Consulate (contact information located below.).

The Institute for Mexicans Abroad has the following mission:

  • To promote the appreciation of migration and dignified treatment of Mexicans living abroad;
  • Encourage the creation of meeting spaces and promote communication with and among Mexican communities living abroad;
  • Serve as a liaison, in coordination with the representatives of Mexico, with Mexican communities living abroad;
  • Establish appropriate coordination with governments, institutions and organizations in states and municipalities in terms of prevention, care and support for Mexican communities abroad and other related topics and complementary;
  • Design and promote mechanisms for the implementation of programs and projects specific to the work of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad;
  • Organize and participate in seminars, conferences, symposiums, conferences and congresses public, private and academic on migration and care for Mexicans abroad;
  • Collect and systematize the proposals and recommendations aimed at improving the social development of Mexican communities abroad, to develop advisory bodies consisting of representatives of these communities.

Source: Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior website at