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?
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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.

 
The Migration Protection Protocol in the state of Tamaulipas
Central American Migration

US migration policy endangers lives of asylum seekers in Tamaulipas state

Press Release 6 Sep 2019
 
NUEVO LAREDO, NOT A SAFE PLACE
Central American Migration

Northern Mexican city too dangerous to send back people seeking asylum

Press Release 3 Jul 2019
 
MSF on the migration route to Mexico
Mexico

Mass arrests drive migrants underground and cut them off from medical care

Press Release 19 Jun 2019
 
 MSF on the migration route to Mexico
Central American Migration

“Mexico is not an option for my family to stay”

Project Update 24 May 2019
 
MIGRANTS DAY: NTCA AND MEXICO
Central American Migration

People fleeing put at risk through dangerous government migration policies

Voices from the Field 26 Mar 2019
 
El Salvador
El Salvador

“They ripped my soul out”

Project Update 19 Dec 2018
 
MIGRANTS DAY: NTCA AND MEXICO
Central American Migration

“I want a normal life for my son”

Voices from the Field 18 Dec 2018
 
US ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS ARE DEEPENING THE CRISIS ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER
Central American Migration

US asylum restrictions are deepening Mexican border crisis

Press Release 13 Dec 2018
 
MMR Vaccination in Chios, Greece
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

"Migration is not a crime. Saving lives is not a crime"

Speech 11 Dec 2018
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12 November 2018