Cancun, Q.R. – Mexico continues to tighten security along its southern borders as thousands of illegal – and often undocumented — immigrants continue to make their way into the country.
Mauricio Saad Nurseries, delegate of the National Migration Institute (INM), explained that about 7,000 foreigners per month are found to have entered illegally. He says that most of these illegal foreigners arrive from Central and South America, namely Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Cuba.
Documented visitors are given a 180-day visa in which they can travel in Mexico. After that, they must leave the country, Saad Nurseries explained.
This year, with the Temporary Migrant Regularization Program ending December 18, INM has received 250 applications for migrant regularization from illegal immigrants. This INM process, which costs around 8,000 peso, takes into consideration existing family, work or business ties they have in Mexico.
Although the exact number of undocumented immigrants in the state of Quintana Roo is uncertain, the delegate of the INM said that to curb the increase, border security has tightened for both domestic and foreign flights.
Data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report that in 2014, approximately 150,000 illegal migrants entered Mexico along the southern borders.
Francisco Lopez Reyes, director of Municipal Tourism, notes that “Mexico is a land of opportunities for foreigners who choose Cancun and Playa del Carmen as their residence because it’s known as the most important tourist destinations in the country.”