Mex­ico held 20,000 child mi­grants in 2015

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MEX­ICO de­tained more than 20,000 un­ac­com­pa­nied child mi­grants, mostly from Cen­tral Amer­ica, in 2015, au­thor­i­ties said.

That was dou­ble the num­ber from the year be­fore and a sign of the wors­en­ing mi­gra­tion cri­sis in the re­gion, where many pass through head­ing to seek refuge in the US.

Mex­ico’s Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion said the mi­nors were at risk of kid­nap­ping and rape by crim­i­nal gangs or cor­rupt of­fi­cials.

“The au­thor­i­ties are act­ing with­out con­sid­er­ing the in­ter­ests of the chil­dren,” Luis Raul Gon­za­lez, pres­i­dent of the com­mis­sion, said.

He said most of the mi­nors were from the crime and poverty-plagued Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries of El Sal­vador, Gu­atemala and Hon­duras.

“They are re­ceiv­ing the as­sis­tance and pro­tec­tion they need,” Mr Gon­za­lez said. –

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