Migrants, principally from Haiti, burst into an asylum workplace in southern Mexico on Monday, demanding papers.
Throngs of migrants knocked over steel barricades and rushed into the workplace within the metropolis of Tapachula, pushing previous National Guard officers and police stationed on the workplace. Some of the migrants have been trampled by their colleagues within the rush.
Authorities later satisfied many to go away, and no accidents have been reported.
The pressure comes as asylum claims in Mexico have skyrocketed, reaching over 100,000 so far this year.
Crowds of annoyed migrants, together with many from Cuba and Honduras, say they’ve needed to look forward to weeks in some circumstances for an appointment on the workplace in Tapachula, close to the border with Guatemala.
At the workplace, run by the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid, migrants can file claims for asylum in Mexico. Most, nonetheless, intend to make use of the papers to journey extra safely and easily to the U.S. border.
“It’s very complicated, there are too many people here, the Haitians get desperate, they knock over the barricades and that only makes the process slower,” stated Cuban migrant Miguel Argoten.
Argoten stated he had been ready per week in Tapachula to begin the asylum utility course of. The workplace has been getting about 2,000 appointment requests per day just lately.
Mexico is on monitor to obtain extra asylum functions this yr than ever earlier than because the circulation of migrants threatens to overwhelm governments of a number of Latin American international locations alongside the migratory route.
Andrés Ramírez Silva, the director of Mexico’s refugee company, stated final week that the variety of asylum functions his company receives this yr may attain 150,000, effectively above the 129,000 document set in 2021.
“Effectively we have a pace that is very above what we have in our record year that was 2021,” Ramírez Silva stated. If that tempo continues he predicted they may attain 150,000 by yr’s finish. Through August they already had 100,000 — 25% above the identical interval in 2021 — greater than half at Mexico’s shared border with Guatemala.
Some migrants bought unruly in the course of the wait final week and pushed their method into the company’s places of work, which led to the deployment of National Guard officers, who had little luck in holding order.
Ramírez Silva stated Cubans, Haitians and Hondurans have made up about 80% of the asylum functions on the Tapachula workplace. He stated his company had requested the federal authorities for extra assets to develop its capability.