The National Institute of Migration (INM) said it has identified 147,033 migrants “who transited in an irregular condition through national territory” between January 1 and August 31, 2021.
This figure, according to the agency, “represents triple what was recorded during the same period of 2020.” According to the Ministry of the Interior, at the end of August 2020, the number of foreigners identified for their irregular stay in Mexico amounted to 48,398.
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Of the 147,033 people identified, 145,863 are originally from America, and the rest come from Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania.
On Wednesday, it identified 1,118 migrants in an irregular condition in 22 states of the country: 272 in Tabasco, 214 in Chiapas, 114 in Sonora, 105 in Chihuahua and 102 in Tamaulipas. He mentioned that they were also located in Mexico City, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco, Puebla, Coahuila and Zacatecas.
These people came from Honduras (438), Guatemala (355), Nicaragua (70), El Salvador (70), Haiti (65), Ecuador (37), Cuba (25), Brazil (14), Venezuela (14), Colombia (6), United States (6), Chile (4), Guyana (4), Peru (3) and one from the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Belize, Panama, Bulgaria, France and Gabon.
Among these people there are 284 minors, among whom, according to Migration, 255 were unaccompanied.
In a statement, the INM said it is committed to “unrestricted respect for the rights of people in the context of mobility, without undermining their social, political and economic status,” although in recent days operations against migrant caravans were documented that left an undetermined number of people detained and injured.
On Thursday afternoon, elements of the National Guard and the INM implemented operations to search for and detain migrants in hotels in the municipality of Escuintla, in Chiapas, after blocking the advance of a caravan.
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