Report finds Mexico’s policies encourage hate speech toward migrants

Mexico City, Aug 15 (EFE).- Mexico’s immigration policies, focused on the repression, containment and deportation of migrant individuals, have influenced the orientation of public discourse toward narratives of a racist, classist and xenophobic nature, according to a Tuesday report.

The report by the Oxfam Mexico NGO titled “The Mexican Wall. Study of perceptions on migration in Mexico,” aiming to spread the impressions of Mexican society in relation to migrants, said almost 75 percent of Mexicans have an ambivalent position toward migration.

“Seventy-four percent of Mexican society is in an ambivalent sector, that is, it does not have a position for or against migration,” said Elizabeth Figueroa, Oxfam Mexico migration coordinator.

The main lines of argument in the negative comments toward migrants focus on issues such as their integration into society, the use of the country’s resources, crime and legality.

Alexandra Haas, executive director of Oxfam Mexico, said this study stems from an internal reflection on the importance of how we see migration in Mexico.

This report, corresponding to the period from March to October 2022, identified five segments of attitudes in Mexican society on migration.

Among these segments, the one that obtained the highest percentage stands out, with 35 percent of those surveyed, saying migrations do not have a positive impact on the country’s economy or culture.

On the other hand, only 9 percent of those surveyed, representing the lowest figure, said migration has a positive impact on the economy.

In contrast, 17 percent said migration has a negative impact, especially on the economy and culture.

It also said migrants associate with people from Central American countries, since the people surveyed report that migrants originate mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Haiti.

However, despite this perception, 55.9 percent of those surveyed believe migrants are only in transit with the objective of reaching the United States.


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