Mexico is not only the obligatory path to the American dream, but also the corridor through which many immigrants decide to stay, seeing the possibility of settling on American soil as very remote.
By August of this year, the number of asylum seekers in Mexico had increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2022, reaching a figure of 99,881 for the first time in eight months, according to the Mexican Refugee Assistance Commission (Comal). The number of asylum seekers has only been reported at the end of each year since 2021, indicating that a worrying precedent will be set in 2023.
The head of the state of Comal, Andres Ramírez, revealed on his social network account X some figures showing the number of asylum seekers from El Salvador. One of his notable records is that of “accompanied” and “unaccompanied” girls, boys, and adolescents (NNA) within the territory who choose to seek refuge in Mexico.
“In 2022, accompanied children and adolescents accounted for 20.31% of the total number of asylum seekers in Mexico, and unaccompanied children and adolescents accounted for 1.02%. Youth make up 22.65% of the total and unaccompanied children make up 0.91%,” Ramirez explains.
The report found that of the 22,625 “accompanied” minors who applied for refuge in Mexico this year, 1,147 were children and adolescents from El Salvador, ranking fifth among the main applicant countries. It is broken down. Additionally, of the 904 applications from unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Mexico, 52 came from El Salvador, ranking fourth among the five major countries of origin.
children and women.
The country with the largest number of minors applying for asylum is Honduras, with 7,937 minor applicants recorded through August. Brazil followed with 3,342 people. Chile has 3,020 children seeking refuge, Haiti has more than El Salvador, and 2,240 children have sought refuge.
The number of female applicants is also increasing. In 2022, it accounted for 39.07%, Ramirez said. “As of the end of August this year, 40.75% of applicants were women,” the official emphasized.
El Salvador ranks in the top 6
The Mexican Refugee Assistance Commission (Comal) concludes the August balance and adds the eight months of 2023, with Salvadorans standing out among the first six countries of origin leading in number of applicants. It emphasizes that El Salvador ranks fourth in the rankings with 4,591 adult and minor applicants, placing it below Cuba, Honduras and Haiti.
“At the end of August, people from 103 countries on all continents applied for refugee status in Mexico. However, the top six countries: Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Guatemala accounted for 84.52% of the total,” Ramirez said. he says.