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Major rise in numbers of migrant children on Mexico US border

UN children’s agency Unicef found a significant rise in the number of migrant children trying to reach the US from Mexico.


Children migration on Mexico-US border has seen a major rise in its numbers, from 380 to nearly 3,500 since the start of 2021.


The children are mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico and half of them arrive without parents.


Many families attempt to send their children over the border via people traffickers, in the hope that, once in the US, new president Joe Biden will allow the children to reunite with their families there.


In response to this data, the Mexican government has recently sent troops to its southern border to stop migration to the north. Therefore, many more unaccompanied young people and migrants’ families are likely to be detained in the coming weeks.


“We are deeply concerned that living conditions for migrant children and mothers in Mexico could soon deteriorate further” said Jean Gough, Unicef’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. 


In borders towns like Reynosa migrant families are establishing makeshift camps after, last week, President Biden signed an order to keep the number of refugees admitted annually to the US at Trump-era levels.

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20 Apr 2021

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