IOM works for Honduran migrants, a subject that "exploded us in the face"

IOM works for Honduran migrants, a subject that "exploded us in the face"



The regional director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, Marcelo Pisani, said today that from this entity they are working for the well-being of Honduran migrants, a "very worrying" issue.

"This issue exploded in the face this week and we have been very aware of the situation," said the director in Guatemala during his participation in the III Ibero-American Forum on Migration and Development, which will be held until next Wednesday.

Pisani, who has 18 years of experience in project management or advice for the generation of public policies, advanced that this Tuesday in Costa Rica will have a meeting with the representatives of his organization in the region, the same day in which the foreign ministers of the Central American Integration System will meet in Belize.

The IOM official acknowledged that Mexico is treating the issue of Honduran migrants as a "refugee crisis," and has already requested assistance from the United Nations, while Honduras and Guatemala have oversaturated borders.

On October 13, thousands of Hondurans left in a caravan from the city of San Pedro Sula to the United States with the aim of fleeing poverty and violence.

The Government of Guatemala estimated that at least 5,400 migrants, mostly Hondurans, entered its territory and that some 2,000 returned to their country safely. However, most of them continue on their journey through Mexican territory.

Pisani said they are working "strongly" on the return of these people who started their trip and could not continue but also reiterated the importance and the need to attack the "structural problems at source" with many more resources.

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