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Mexico reaches agreement with Venezuela to deport migrants

There are 4,000-5,000 Venezuelan migrants currently stranded in Mexico, mostly in the city of Tijuana

By Reuters
March 22, 2024
Venezuelan migrants walk to Tapachula from Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 14, 2022.—AFP
Venezuelan migrants walk to Tapachula from Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 14, 2022.—AFP

MEXICO CITY: Mexico has signed an agreement with Venezuela to deport migrants and reached deals with Mexican and Venezuelan companies to employ them, Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena told a news conference on Thursday.

Venezuelans have been among the largest groups of migrants arriving in Mexico on their way to the United States, as they seek to flee their country’s political and economic crisis.

There are 4,000-5,000 Venezuelan migrants currently stranded in Mexico, mostly in the city of Tijuana.

US citizens are increasingly concerned about migrants reaching their borders, with a Reuters-Ipsos poll earlier this year finding that 17 perccent considered the issue was the most important problem facing the country, up 11 percent from December.

Venezuela’s government did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

“The plan lacks legal basis,” said Enrique Lucero, the municipal director of migrant care in Tijuana.

Lucero called on authorities to normalize migration routes for people seeking asylum in the United States.

The Mexican government said it will give migrants in the country around $110 a month, part of a programme in which they will also have the opportunity to work for different companies in both countries