The issues of migration

Mark Manly, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico, advised the country to prepare to receive more Central America migrants amid tensions with the U.S.

The issues of migration
Donald Trump has threatened the Mexican government after claiming it was doing nothing to prevent migration - Photo: Edgar Garrido/REUTERS
English 07/04/2019 09:14 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:20
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Mark Manly, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Mexico, advised the country to prepare to receive more Central America migrants, but this recommendation takes place in a time of diplomatic tension with the United States.

First, Donald Trump's government demanded Mexico to maintain hundreds of Central American migrants in its territory, who were looking to cross into the U.S. on a quest for better opportunities to improve their lives; for that, Mexico offered to pay for the expenses to return them to their home countries or, in some cases, at least employ them in some of the projects Mexico will build. Many of them said that their idea was not to stay in Mexico and that they will insist on crossing the northern border, some of them using violence.

In the face of the radicalization of some of the migrants, the U.S. government is now pressuring the Mexican government even more and has demanded it to stop the flow of migrants, or it has threatened to close the border or cancel commercial agreements that are being negotiated. Besides threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican exports, Trump has also targeted the automotive industry.

Furthermore, the promise to employ those migrants hasn't materialized because some Mexicans have protested against the proposal, claiming that the government should offer those jobs to the Mexicans who need it, especially when that same government that is giving opportunities to foreigners, is not helping those at home.

It is commendable that our country treats migrants in a humanitarian way but it is also true that the country's finances demand that priorities be established, as well as the rise of a social integration issue, which does not only imply opening the country's door to them. It has been noted that the arrival of foreign groups to a community generates stress in society. A survey carried out by EL UNIVERSAL shows that Mexicans are now increasingly rejecting the arrival of Central American migrants, especially in the states where the first arrive, such as Chiapas, and those where they stay and wait to cross into the U.S., such as Tijuana.

In this sense, it must be remembered that the Mexican government should not forget about its own people. It should also evaluate the fact that the asylum requests should be properly administered and accompanied by an integration plan, which should always respect the laws and human rights.


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