Mexico City, Mexico — Already this year, the National Migration Institute (INM) has reported intercepting 73,034 foreign migrants with an irregular stay.
The agency detailed that 61,469 of them were adults and 11,565 minors. Of those minors, 2,259 were unaccompanied children and adolescents.
The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) said that a majority of those located as illegal in Mexico were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They said that 14,095 of the migrants found were from Guataemala, 13,867 from Honduras and 4,145 from El Salvador.
The remaining 40,927 correspond to other countries in the Americas and continents such as Africa, Europe and Asia.
The INM highlighted that during this time there have been several massive interceptions in which “more than 50 people are identified in a single event”, who, they report, have been located in safe houses and on tourism buses.
Mexico deported more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021 according to data from the Ministry of the Interior. Meanwhile, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) received a record 131,448 refugee applications last year.