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Mexico asylum applications nearly doubled in 2021, with Haitians topping list

The number of asylum applications in Mexico nearly doubled in 2021, the head of the country’s commission for refugee assistance confirmed on Monday. The majority of applications have come from Haitian and Honduran migrants.

When compared to the previous year, the 131,448 applications mark an increase of 86.84%, according to the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR).

“By far the main nationalities (who requested refuge) were Haitians and Hondurans,” the head of COMAR, Andres Ramirez, said, adding that Cubans were a distant third.

The rise in the number of Haitians making their way through Mexico has spiked due to economic malaise, a devastating earthquake and political turmoil following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July.

In the previous two years, most applications were filed by Honduran migrants. Some 72% of those who applied for asylum in 2021 received a positive response, Ramirez said. Another 2% were also granted complementary protection.

Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries have long been crossing Mexico on their way north towards the U.S. border but as the years have passed, more and more migrants have applied for asylum in Mexico.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BORDERREPORT.COM

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