‘No way out’: Haitian asylum seekers reel in southern Mexico

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“It’s now not that we desire to be here, however we have no way out of this.”

That is how Rosita, a 48-year-old Haitian mom of two, described her scenario remaining week, sitting on the facet of a busy toll road in southern Mexico the place she, alongside with about 3,000 different Haitians, have been sound asleep for days.
The queue fashioned backyard a help centre for migrants in Tapachula, a key migration factor in Mexico’s southeastern Chiapas state, when Mexican migration officers from the National Institute of Migration (INM) promised free transport to different cities in Mexico.

The 2nd half of of 2021 noticed an exponential enlarge in undocumented migrants arriving in Tapachula. Without reliable permission to be in the country, they have been unable to cross north for worry of being detained at an INM checkpoint and sooner or later deported. Those who select to practice for asylum – and hence a transient proper to continue to be in Mexico whilst their software is being regarded – are restricted to the country in which they have applied.

INM, the Mexican migration authorities, initiated the relocation programme in an effort this month to clear a neighborhood stadium the place asylum seekers had camped out after migration offerings in Chiapas grew to become overloaded due to a surge in the range of Haitian asylum seekers arriving.
An INM legit advised Al Jazeera in a assertion that “migrants in a inclined circumstance are furnished with the aid of buses, to transport them to some other section of Mexico the place they can regularise their migration status, no longer to switch them to the border with the United States”.

It stays doubtful the place precisely in Mexico the buses are going, however, or how many human beings will be moved to different municipalities. But most of the Haitian asylum seekers, many of whom have been ready in southern Mexico for months for their immigration claims to be processed, have stated they desire the hazard to go to a special town in Mexico in hopes it will be less complicated to locate work.

Rosita stated she spent three years in Chile earlier than making her way to Mexico, in the end arriving in Tapachula in October. She had been unemployed in Chile and additionally in Tapachula, the place her household has had to live on off solely her husband’s irregular income.
“We have nowhere to live. We have no cash to pay the rent,” Rosita – who spoke to Al Jazeera the usage of solely her first title for worry it would have an effect on her immigration reputation – advised Al Jazeera in damaged Spanish with a thick Creole accent, wobbling slightly.

In explanation, she lifted her black-and-white striped gown to expose a badly swollen knee, blaming the experience from Chile that she made on foot and on public transport. As Rosita spoke, her husband, sitting in the color of cotton sheets held up with the aid of thick, wood poles, saved their region in the queue amid a patchwork of blankets, plastic bottles, backpacks, and meals containers.

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