Mexico sends second flight with repatriated migrants to Haiti

Mexico repatriated by air this Wednesday a group of 129 Haitians, within the framework of the strategy, coordinated with Port-au-Prince, to address the crisis that unleashed a wave of undocumented migrants to the United States, reported the National Migration Institute (INM).

Migration authorities carried out "the return of migrants originating from Haiti, in accordance with human rights and in agreement with consular authorities of that country", the INM reported in a statement.

The flight departed from Tapachula, Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, "with 129 passengers to the International Airport of Port-au-Prince", Haiti, added the INM.

This is the second group of Haitians that Mexico returns to Haiti.

The first group was repatriated on September 30, with the difference that the INM referred to repatriation that day as a "assisted voluntary return".

The Haitians were at the SXXI migration station in Tapachula and were taken to the international airport in the same city in four buses.

Before their repatriation, the migrants shouted protest slogans, "but they were reassured by agents of the National Guard"a local police source told AFP.

Mexico began to return Haitians to their country after the United States carried out mass deportations among the nearly 15,000 Haitians who camped under a border bridge between the cities of Del Rio, Texas, and Acuña, Mexico.

The repatriations from Mexico are part of the agreements reached at a dialogue table between representatives of Mexico and Haiti, set up on September 21, "in order to meet the needs of people of Haitian origin located in national territory"explained the INM.

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For just over three months, tens of thousands of Haitians have been involved in an exodus that crosses the continent from as far away as Chile and Brazil in order to fulfill their dream of reaching the United States to request asylum.

Given Washington’s refusal to receive them, many of them are choosing to seek refuge in Mexico and seek opportunities in the Latin American country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Mexico on October 8 to discuss security. According to the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, the migration crisis is not among the issues to be discussed with the official.


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