By Jose Torres and Jose Luis Gonzalez
TAPACHULA (Reuters) – A number of thousand Haitian migrants on Monday clustered outdoors a stadium in southern Mexico that has been re-purposed right into a migration workplace, urging authorities to allow them to go freely by way of Mexico.
Two caravans of migrants largely from Haiti and Central America have departed from the southern metropolis of Tapachula in latest weeks, many taking off on foot for the lengthy journey in hopes of reaching the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hundreds of individuals have additionally remained in Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, the place they’re making use of for refugee standing and hope to obtain visas to allow them to transit the nation.
About 130,000 folks may have requested asylum or protected standing by 12 months’s finish, Mexico’s Inside Ministry projected on Monday. Greater than 50,000 of the 116,500 purposes obtained up to now this 12 months have been from Haitians, it added.
Migrants usually request asylum as a primary step to obtain a visa letting them journey freely inside Mexico.
“We want paperwork to have the ability to transfer round right here in Mexico,” stated Haitian migrant Robinson, 31, who declined to offer his final title, including that fellow migrants who attempt to cross the nation with out a correct visa get despatched again to Tapachula.
“It may well’t be this manner,” he stated, talking outdoors the stadium, the place Mexico’s Nationwide Migration Institute (INM) has arrange makeshift workplaces to deal with a surge in demand.
INM didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The rise within the variety of Haitians making an attempt to make their approach by way of Mexico has been spurred by financial malaise, an earthquake and political turmoil following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July.
The group outdoors the stadium in Tapachula on Monday additionally included Cuban and Venezuelan migrants.
About 100 kms (62 miles) away within the metropolis of Mapastepec, a northbound migrant caravan with about 2,500 folks, largely from Haiti, took a break after strolling since earlier than daybreak.
Loubens Narcisse stated he hoped to land a visa extra simply in one other state of Mexico, even when he needed to stroll a whole bunch of kilometers.
“It is not simple, however it may be performed,” he stated.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Tapachula and Jose Luis Gonzalez in Mapastepec; Further reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico Metropolis; Modifying by Stephen Coates)