Fleeing gang warfare, more Central Americans seek refuge in Mexico

1/12/2017 Reuters

Puente Dr. Rodolfo Robles Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas - Tecún Umán Guatemala  DSC_0914 Ernesto (2)Mexico was until recently a transit country for Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States in the search of a better life.

But the escalating violence has led to a surge in the number of asylum claims from Central American migrants who are increasingly looking to Mexico for refuge, reaching levels not seen since the region’s civil wars ended decades ago.

In the first 9 months of 2016, Mexico received nearly 7,000 asylum requests – more than five times more than in 2013.

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