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 Central Americans 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.

Central American Migration

US and Mexico asylum policies leave migrants in deplorable and dangerous conditions

Press Release 9 Sep 2021
Bajo Chiquito
Central American Migration

COVID-19 forces thousands of migrants to cross perilous jungle from Colombia to Panama

Project Update 5 Aug 2021
Central American Migration

Robbed, raped, beaten: safe migration routes urgently needed between Colombia and Panama

Press Release 9 Jun 2021
Migrants in the City of Coatzacoalcos
Central American Migration

Migrants through Mexico further criminalised, exposed to danger, through militarised border pact

Project Update 27 Apr 2021
Increasing activities in Matamoros-covid19
United States of America

MSF demands US ends deportations to stop COVID-19 spread to fragile health systems

Press Release 4 May 2020
Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters
Central American Migration

MSF calls for release of migrants after deadly fire in Tenosique detention centre

Press Release 3 Apr 2020
The Migration Protection Protocol in the state of Tamaulipas
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

US must include asylum seekers in COVID-19 response, rather than shut border

Press Release 27 Mar 2020
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz
Central American Migration

Escaping violence into danger – no way out for Central American migrants

Press Release 11 Feb 2020
Central American Migration

Report: No way out - The humanitarian crisis for Central American migrants and asylum seekers

Report 11 Feb 2020
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12 November 2018