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.

Exodus - Mexico
Central American Migration

Forced to flee Central America's Northern Triangle: A Neglected Humanitarian Crisis

Report 12 May 2017
Mexico Migrants Report 2017
Central American Migration

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

Press Release 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

The dangers of crossing Mexico

Voices from the Field 19 Dec 2016
Exodus - Mexico
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

EXODUS: Three stories, three continents, but a shared motivation – to escape violence

Voices from the Field 2 Dec 2014

Forced migrants in Mexico

Project Update 4 Aug 2014
Central American Migration

Central American insomnia

Project Update 4 Aug 2014
01Mexico migration june 2014

58 per cent of migrants treated by MSF suffered violence

Press Release 2 Jul 2014
Migrants in Mexico

Testimonies of violations, abuses and problems accessing health services

Voices from the Field 12 May 2014
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12 November 2018