Juan Manuel Blanco
Tapachula, Mexico, Nov 16 (EFE). – At least 40,000 migrants crossed the Suchiate River between August and October in the latest wave of migration, Luis Rey García Villagrán, coordinator of the Centre for Human Dignity, a civil group on the southern border, told EFE.
Meanwhile, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) received 60,000 people in its pre-registration system in August and September alone in Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, said Manuel Nucamendi Pulido, representative of the UNHCR field office.
“Between August and September, Comar received around 30,000 people per month in its pre-registration system, the majority of whom entered through the Suchiate. The migrants who arrive at Comar request their asylum procedure,” he stated in an interview.
The UNHCR representative in Tapachula highlighted the presence of people from Haiti, Cuba, and Venezuela, as well as from the Northern Triangle of Central America, including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
The migratory wave persists.
This phenomenon is a remark of the “unprecedented” flow of migrants in the region, noted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in September.
According to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, there was a daily peak of up to 6,000 migrants arriving at Mexico’s southern border.
Following a recent surge in migration, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported an 11% drop in monthly detentions of undocumented immigrants at the Mexico border.
However, Garcia Villagran has cautioned that tens of thousands of migrants could arrive at the southern border of Mexico in the first few days of December due to the expected flow from the Darien region on the border between Colombia and Panama.
Venezuelan Darío Darwin Angola, who recently arrived in Tapachula after fleeing the conditions created by the government of Nicolás Maduro, agrees.
“Extreme, I mean, there are many people in need of assistance, particularly Venezuelans, due to the failures of left-wing governments in South America. We arrived through the treacherous Darien jungle and require aid,” he told EFE.