Mexico, Central America: COVID-19 worries among migrants

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s government said Wednesday that it and 10 other Central and North American countries are concerned about the health risks posed by COVID-19 among migrants who lack proper documentation.

In a statement, the Regional Conference on Migration suggested that Mexico and Central America could continue to reject migrants based on the perceived risk of the pandemic.

The group, made up of 11 nations, “expressed concern about the exposure of migrants in an irregular situation to situations of high risk to their health and life, mainly during the health emergency.”

In the past year, authorities in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras have returned or stopped caravans seeking to reach the US border, in some cases requiring migrants to show visas or a negative coronavirus test.

The RCM expressed its support for “safe, orderly and regulated” migration and highlighted the need to improve conditions in southern Mexico and Central America, so that the population is not forced to emigrate.

The Conference is made up of the United States, Canada, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.

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