Red Cross Says More Violence to Spur More South American Migrations

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said waves of migration through Mexico and Central America, and the number of missing people would increase in 2022 due to high levels of violence in the region. 

“In many countries, violence is wreaking more and more havoc, and that’s why there are more and more migrants,” ICRC representative Jordi Raich told Reuters in an interview.

“And it’s not a situation that is going to improve or slow down, not even in the years to come,” Raich added.

The Red Cross also said that Mexico recently surpassed 100,000 people reported missing in the country.

According to government data, immigration authorities in Mexico detained 307,679 migrants in 2021, a 68% increase compared to 182,940 detentions in 2019.

Raich added that shelters in Mexico were overwhelmed last year, filled with frustrated migrants unable to continue their journey to the United States.

In El Salvador, 488 missing person cases remain unsolved, and in Guatemala, the number of missing women rose to six a day, the Red Cross report also said.

“Migration is not going to stop. If you try to prevent it or strictly regulate it, people start to pile up at the borders, which is happening in Mexico and other countries,” Raich said.

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