Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters

Central American Migration

Every year, an estimated 500,000 people flee extreme violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and head north through Mexico to find safety.

The high levels of violence in the region, known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, are comparable to that in war zones where MSF has worked for decades.

For Central Americans forced from their homes, a history of trauma is often compounded by a pattern of continuing violence and injustice on the paths taken northward. Victimisation of migrants is common—including robbery, sexual assault, and torture at the hands of smugglers, and even abuse by government officials responsible for protecting people from harm. Access to basic medical services such as prenatal care, treatment of paediatric illnesses, or management of chronic diseases is rarely available.

We provide medical care to those who need it most, regardless of their nationality or official legal status.

MSF Pulse: Why are people still seeking asylum in the US?

MSF Pulse: Why are people still seeking asylum in the US?

Why are people seeking asylum in the US?

The US government under Donald Trump is stepping up deportations and dismantling legal protections for refugees and asylum seekers, yet people are still seeking asylum in the US. MSF Canada's Wayne Leung looks at why so many people fleeing countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador continue to risk trauma, separation, deportation and incarceration in the US.

 
Desperate journey: Fleeing invisible wars in Central America
Honduras

“People here are deeply affected by violence, especially women”

Voices from the Field 29 Oct 2018
 
Desperate journey: Fleeing invisible wars in Central America
Mexico

Tending deep wounds in Mexico

Voices from the Field 29 Oct 2018
 
Desperate journey: Fleeing invisible wars in Central America
Central American Migration

"Leaving the country to seek asylum is often the only option for survival"

Interview 29 Oct 2018
 
Mexico Migrants Report 2017
Mexico

Abductions and violence, the price to pay to cross Mexico

Project Update 3 Sep 2018
 
Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters
Mexico

An unsafe country for thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Central America

Press Release 20 Jun 2018
 
Assisting victims of violence in Reynosa
Mexico

“One in four patients we assist has experienced violence”

Project Update 24 Jul 2017
 
Mexico Migrants Report 2017
Central American Migration

No way to safety for people fleeing extreme violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle

Report 12 May 2017
 
Family in refugee camp near Polykastro
United States of America

Suspension of US refugee resettlement endangers people fleeing war zones

Statement 29 Jan 2017
 
International Migrants Day
Mexico

The dangers of crossing Mexico

Voices from the Field 19 Dec 2016
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12 November 2018