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Central American asylum-seekers soar

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected US president, as more Central American migrants seek refuge in Mexico rather than take their chances in the United States.

Mexico’s refugee agency received 5,421 asylum applications between November 2016 and March, a rise from the same period the previous year.

The number of detentions along the south-western US border has fallen about 4 percent over the same five-month period, as Trump’s tough immigration proposals sent a chill through neighbouring countries.

Source: The Guardian