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Central American Migration, 2016

I spent seven weeks in southern Mexico between June and July, 2016 to continue investigating Central American migration through that country. Like 2015, very few people were riding the freight trains they call La Bestia, instead walking or taking buses or vans. There was one big change from previous years I was documenting this phenomenon: more people were seeking asylum in Mexico because the journey continues to be dangerous and getting into the US increasingly difficult. The numbers aren't huge--about 10,000 Central Americans applied for asylum in 2016 while about 500,000 crossed into Mexico "irregularly." Although Mexico is increasingly seen as a country of destination, refugees face few, if any, job options that pay well; a new culture; and prejudice. But, as one young man told me, "I'd rather be hungry here than dead there (in Honduras)."

 

 

 



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