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Hundreds of migrants were forced to disperse from a “prison” town by Mexican authorities to prevent another caravan from heading north towards the US border.

The migrants, mainly from Haiti and other Latin American countries, were evacuated from the southern city of Tapachula by buses and taken to other states.

The migrants were in the city waiting for asylum and visa applications to be processed by the authorities.

Migrant rights activist Luis Carcia Villagran called the city a “prison” because they could not leave without the proper papers.

Two groups of migrants had left in caravans heading north in recent weeks, according to Reuters,

Transfers began Wednesday evening with 120 Haitian migrants taken to the states of Aguascalientes, Campeche and Durango, officials said.

Other migrants are expected to be taken to the states of Puebla and Guanajuato, where they can pursue their requests, the head of Mexico’s National Migration Institute said.

INM official Hector Martinez in Tapachula told migrants 20 buses would leave the city on Thursday.

“I am happy, because I am going to another city where I can work to help my family,” Haitian immigrant Wilguens Antoine said as he prepared to leave Tapachula.

Similar migrant transfers also took place in the Chiapas town of Mapastepec on Tuesday, with migrants agreeing to leave the route in exchange for Mexican visas.


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