Mexico City, Oct 16 (EFE).- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Monday estimated the arrival of between 3,000 and 6,000 migrants daily at Mexico’s southern border since the beginning of the current migration wave inref August.
The agency warned in a statement that “Mexico and the region are facing a significant increase in the number of people in a situation of mobility” but called for “strengthening mechanisms to ensure the non-refoulement of people in need of international protection.”
“By 2023, more than 400,000 people have crossed the Darien jungle in Panama. It is estimated that, since August, between 3,000 and 6,000 people arrive every day in southern Mexico, and in several cities of the country, shelters and other reception spaces are saturated,” the agency said in the bulletin.
UNHCR’s calculations coincide with those of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has estimated the arrival of up to 6,000 migrants a day to the southern border of Mexico and 10,000 on the border with the United States in the current migration wave.
The UN agency’s monitoring shows that “a high proportion of people on the move in the region are fleeing their countries due to violence, insecurity, and persecution, and may require international protection as refugees.”
Mexico has promised to assist with the deportation of migrants rejected by the United States following a September meeting between Mexican officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). However, the government insists that these are “assisted returns.”
UNHCR recognized “the great challenges” that the migratory flow represents for Mexican borders but asked, “to ensure that these processes are implemented in full respect of International Refugee Law and International Human Rights Law”.
“Given the resumption of deportations from Mexico to several countries, and to prevent the risk of cases of refoulement of people in need of international protection, UNHCR recommends that, before proceeding with the deportation, it should be ensured that the person does not require international protection,” he said. EFE