UN agency assists Central American caravan migrants, voices concern for receiving countries


The first caravan of Central American migrants reached the town of Matías Romero in Oaxaca state on November 1, 2018. The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs estimates that 4,000 people spent the night there. IOM / Rafael Rodríguez

GENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, is providing support and assistance to migrants on caravans crossing Central America, while expressing concern over “the stress and demands” they are placing on host countries.

In the Siglo XXI Migratory Station of Tapachula, Mexico, IOM and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs are supplying food and basic hygiene kits to over 1,500 migrants seeking asylum in Mexico.

IOM said on Friday that, after walking some 850 kilometres from Honduras, exhaustion and the challenges…

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