January 22, 2022

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Mexico.- Mexico completes 2021 with more than 130,000 people seeking asylum in the country

Madrid, 4 (Europe Press)

According to the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Gomer), the number of asylum seekers in Mexico is 87 percent higher than last year, at more than 130,000.

Andres Silva, the organization’s leader, said in his official Twitter profile that half of the total came from Haiti (51,857), followed by Honduras (36,361), Cuba (8,319) and Chile (6,970). . ), Venezuela (6,223) and El Salvador (6,037).

The doubling of asylum seekers integrates Mexico as a transportation and destination country, although the number has dropped in 2020 due to epidemics and the closure of borders, the newspaper ‘L Informant’ reported.

The Mexican government argues that since March 2020, there has been an increase in the return of people allegedly crossing over for health reasons. In particular, Mexican officials point out that between 1,500 and 2,000 people a day come in, and a third of them are Mexican, according to the newspaper ‘Millenio’.

In late December, US President Joe Biden asked the US Supreme Court to implement the immigration program ‘Stay in Mexico’, forcing thousands of asylum seekers in the United States to wait in Mexico until the date of their trial. .

In recent weeks, the United States and Mexico have been negotiating terms for the resumption of the program, described as a “mutation” described by the voluntary organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) because it could not be implemented by “the government agencies responsible for implementing the program”. In a way that respects human rights. “

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