//Asylum-seekers in Mexico expected to double by end of 2019 amid Trump administration immigration crackdown

Asylum-seekers in Mexico expected to double by end of 2019 amid Trump administration immigration crackdown

Federal lawmaker Julieta Vences Valencia, right, who serves as the president of the Committee of Migrant Affairs, was in Baja California on Monday to discuss resources and challenges in addressing the increasing number of migrants arriving at Mexico’s northern border. (Wendy Fry / San Diego Union-Tribune) TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA — The number of people requesting asylum in Mexico has increased by about 53 percent amid the Trump administration’s effort to push Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to accept more migrants, most of whom come from Central American countries. By the end of 2019, the number of asylum seekers to Mexico is expected to reach 80,000 — that is double compared to figures in 2018 when large northward-bound migrant caravans drew international attention. Mexican government and immigration officials gathered Monday in Tijuana at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte to discuss resources for handling the increase in refugees in the northern border region. So far in 2019, the number of people requesting refugee status in Mexico has increased from 39,000 in 2018 to more than 60,000 people already this year, according to the head of Mexico’s refugee agency, Andrés Ramírez Silva. Ramírez, the chief of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, led the conference titled “Characteristics of the new wave of refugees in Mexico.” Hondurans represent more than half of the refugee applications received by Mexico, followed by Salvadorans, Ramírez said. “There is deterioration of life that causes them to have no quality of life and protection in their […]

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