U.N. Official Urges Mexico to Find Alternatives to Migrant Detention or Asylum

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico should search options to detention and asylum for migrants, particularly forward of an anticipated enhance in arrivals this 12 months, the U.N. refugee company’s consultant for the nation stated Friday.

Mexico registered a document 131,448 asylum functions final 12 months, an 87% enhance from 2019 with a lot of the candidates from Central America and Haiti, in response to the Mexican Fee for Refugee Help. Authorities count on the quantity to rise once more this 12 months as extra individuals look to flee financial crises introduced on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Given the rise, Mexico ought to contemplate choices that transcend asylum, the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees’ Mexico consultant, Giovanni Lepri, stated in an interview with Reuters. Although most migrants who arrive in Mexico intend to achieve the USA border, many as a substitute search asylum in Mexico.

“We imagine that we should be fairly artistic in numerous public coverage initiatives and certainly containment, detention, return and asylum will not be sufficient,” Lepri stated. “We should search further options for a phenomenon that’s not going to cease.”

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These options may embody alternative routes for asylum seekers to realize authorized standing and employment choices for them, he added.

Migrants are actually arriving in better numbers from different international locations, like Venezuela, Lepri stated, a deviation from conventional migratory patterns originating from Central American international locations.

Mexico in January formally introduced new visa necessities for guests from Venezuela as a part of efforts to curb a pointy enhance in illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lepri warned that the Mexican authorities face main challenges as migrant flows enhance, which is overwhelming humanitarian establishments. There may be, nonetheless, nonetheless room to enhance the scenario, he stated.

“Mexico is a rustic of virtually 130 million individuals…. it’s a nation that has the capability to contribute to the regional effort in a vital means,” Lepri stated.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Enhancing by Edwina Gibbs)

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