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Migrants from southern Mexico blocked from heading to US border

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Hundreds of migrants and refugees have once again taken to the streets of the southern Mexico town of Tapachula, demanding that authorities allow them free transit through Mexico so they can attempt to enter the United States. United.

Protesting outside the heavily guarded offices of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees and the National Migration Institute, the stranded migrants say they are being extorted by criminals and have been victims of kidnappings.

Several cases of kidnapping of migrants and refugees have been reported in Tapachula and other parts of Mexico.

The criminals contact the migrant’s family in the United States and ask for money for the release of their relative.

Migrants have warned that if there is no immediate response to their request for free transit, they will launch the first caravan of 2022.

In 2020, Mexico was forced to find alternatives to the ever-growing caravans of migrants and refugees from Central America and elsewhere.

Now, after more than two years of a government policy of containment that has kept them stuck in the south, away from the US border, Tapachula, close to Mexico’s border with Guatemala and a sweltering city of some 350,000 people, is overwhelmed by tens of thousands of migrants.

They were crowded into parks and squares, with many complaining that they could not find work.

Despite the Mexican government’s plan for 2021 to move migrants to other states in Mexico and give them humanitarian visas to let them work legally for a year, a backlog of visa applications and the fact that many migrants aspire still to go to the United States The United States questions the success of the plan.

According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, an increasing number of migrants have sought asylum in Mexico, rather than trying to get to the United States.

Migrants from southern Mexico blocked from heading to US border

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