Mexico and the US deported almost 200,000 Central Americans in 2022

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The authorities of Mexico and the United States deported more than 196 thousand 300 Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans in 2022, among them more than 35 thousand children and adolescentsaccording to official data consulted this Tuesday by EFE.

According to a report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the Northern Triangle of Central America, Mexico deported 106,827 people and the United States 89,552, for a total of 196,379, an increase of 58 percent compared to to 124 thousand 280 cases in 2021.

To this number of deportations for 2022 are added 837 repatriations from other countries that were not detailed, with which the general number of deportations of citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras reached 197,216 and rose 57.4 percent.

The data, compiled from government sources, indicate that deportations from Mexican territory alone rose 17.4 percent, compared to 91,012 cases in 2021.

Returns from the United States increased by 169.2 percent, compared to 33,268 records in 2021.


The data compiled by the OIM also shows that the number of children and adolescents who were deported rose from 23,742 in 2021 to 35,303.

The upward difference was 11,561 cases, which represents an increase of 48.6 percent. When reviewing the figures by country for returned children and adolescents, the three countries report increases.

El Salvador went from receiving 2,580 minors in 2021 to 4,552 for an increase of 76.4 percent. While Guatemala registered 13,565 cases in 2021 and 16,662 in 2022, which represented an increase of 22.8 percent.

Honduras is the country that grew the most in repatriations of children under 18 years of age, going from 7,597 in 2021 to 14,089, with an escalation of 85.4 percent.

The data presented by the IOM came from the governmental General Directorate of Migration and Aliens (DGME) of El Salvador; the Guatemalan Institute of Migration (IGM) and the Secretariat of Social Welfare (SBS) of Guatemala, and the Consular and Migration Observatory of Honduras (Conmigho).

Every year, more than 50,000 people from these three countries try to emigrate illegally to the United States in search of better living conditions, including thousands of minors. EFE

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