Mexico reaches agreement with Venezuela to deport migrants

Mexico and Venezuela have signed agreements to deport migrants, and Mexican and Venezuelan firms are working to hire them. Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena announced this at a press conference on Thursday.

Venezuelans are among the most numerous migrants who arrive in Mexico to reach the United States. They have fled their country’s economic and political crisis.

Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 Venezuelan migrants are currently stranded, mainly in Tijuana.

A Reuters-Ipsos survey conducted earlier this year found that the majority of Americans are concerned about the number of migrants who reach their borders. This is up 11% since December.


The Venezuelan government did not respond immediately to a comment request.

Enrique Lucero is the director municipal of migrant services in Tijuana. He said that “the plan lacks a legal basis”.

Lucero urged authorities to normalize migration paths for asylum seekers in the United States.

The Mexican government announced that it would give migrants around $110 per month as part of a programme in which they’ll also be able to work in different companies both in Mexico and the United States.

Barcena stated that the participating companies include the Venezuelan brewers Empresas Polar, the state oil company PDVSA and the Mexican breadmaker Bimbo, as well as the retailer FEMSA.

Requests for comments were not immediately answered by the companies.