Rising Africa-LatAm Migration Signals Growth of Smuggling Routes

09/08/16 InSight Crime

fence at borderRecent data from the Mexican government reveals new details about African immigration to Latin America, illustrating the growth of human smuggling routes from Africa to the Americas.

Figures from Mexico’s National Migration Institute (Instituto Nacional de Migración – INM), reported by El Universal, indicate that nearly 3,700 African migrants — more than half of whom came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo — passed through Mexican migration centers during the first six months of 2016. According to elPeriódico, that figure represents a four-fold increase since 2014.

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