Mexico all but empties official migrant centers in bid to contain coronavirus

by Reuters
April 27, 2020

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has almost entirely cleared out government migrant centers over the past five weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, returning most of the occupants to their countries of origin, official data showed on Sunday.

In a statement, the National Migration Institute (INM) said that since March 21, in order to comply with health and safety guidelines, it had been removing migrants from its 65 migrant facilities, which held 3,759 people last month.

In the intervening weeks, Mexico has returned 3,653 migrants to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador by road and air, with the result that only 106 people remain in the centers, it said.

The institute’s migrant centers and shelters have a total capacity of 8,524 spaces, the INM said.

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