Venezuelan asylum seekers in Mexico surge as crisis deepens

8/7/2017 Reuters

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (L) and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis has provoked a surge of asylum seekers to Mexico this year, government figures show, with applications to stay in Mexico setting a record pace.

During just the first six months of this year, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico, a nearly four-fold jump compared to the 361 total Venezuelan asylum applicants for all of 2016.

No Venezuelans applied for asylum in Mexico in 2014 or 2015.

“It’s not normal for so many Venezuelans to come here,” Socorro Flores, Mexico deputy foreign minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Reuters in an interview.

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