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Guatemala to deport Venezuelan migrants to Honduras

Guatemala to deport Venezuelan migrants to Honduras

Between January and October 2022, Guatemala expelled more than 9,500 Venezuelans bound for the United States, according to official data.



Courtesy | A group of about 350 people were arrested this Sunday specifically at the Modagua Bridge, on the road from Isabel to Honduras.

The Guatemalan government announced this Sunday that it has detained nearly 350 irregular migrants in the region’s northeast and will soon be deported to Honduras.

The Guatemalan Institute of Migration told journalists that the migrants were found early Sunday morning in the department (province) of Isabel, 250 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City.

The detainees “do not meet the immigration requirements” to enter and stay in Guatemala, and hence the migrants’ “safe return to the border of origin,” in which Honduras is being integrated into the case, the same source said.

Similarly, “humanitarian and medical assistance was provided” to travelers in need, the Guatemalan migration agency indicated, without further details on the migrants’ nationalities.

However, most of the migrants who cross Guatemala by land come from Honduras, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti, and according to official statistics, most of them seek to reach the United States for better living conditions.

A group of about 350 people were arrested this Sunday, specifically at the Modagua Bridge, on the highway from Isabel to Honduras.

This week, US Ambassador to Guatemala William Popp met with local immigration officials to discuss the current situation of thousands of Venezuelans trying to cross the Central American country.

The Guatemalan Institute of Migration said in a press release Friday that its director, Stuart Rodriguez, had held a meeting with Bob and “representatives of US agencies in Guatemala.”

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At the meeting, local officials presented the “current situation of migration flows in the country”.

According to a press release from the Guatemalan Institute of Migration, the meeting took place in the context of “increasing irregular transit of Venezuelan nationals through the region.”

Last Wednesday, around 400 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, were stranded at a bus station in Guatemala, where they protested overcharging foreigners on local transport.

Between January and October 2022, Guatemala expelled more than 9,500 Venezuelans bound for the United States, according to official data.

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