• Wednesday, Jul 08, 2020
  • Last Update : 09:19 am

UN refugee chief: Mexico's stretched asylum agency needs more resources

  • Published at 09:25 am September 29th, 2019
WEB_UN chief_Mexico
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi speaks with the media after a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Teodoro Ribera, at the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Santiago, Chile, August 13, 2019 Reuters

The agency received federal funding of 20 million pesos in 2019

United Nations refugee Chief Filippo Grandi asked on Saturday for more resources for Mexico’s asylum agency, which has been overwhelmed with applicants after many abandoned plans to migrate to the United States.

Resources at the agency, COMAR, have become more stretched since the US Supreme Court earlier this month decided to restore a Trump administration policy that requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country that they travelled through on their way to the United States.

Grandi was visiting COMAR in Tapachula in the state of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border, where many Central American migrants cross into Mexico on their way north to the US border.

“COMAR needs more resources and room to work because the challenge is increasing,” he said at a news conference.

“There has been an important increase but this does not equate with the resources that COMAR has. We have to speed up the relocation of at least those who receive refugee status,” Grandi said.

COMAR received federal funding of 20 million pesos ($1 million) in 2019, the lowest sum in seven years. The proposed 2020 budget would increase it to 27 million pesos.

The agency’s head, Andres Ramirez, told Reuters earlier this month that COMAR would still fall short of the 117 million pesos needed. Applications are expected to hit 80,000 this year, more than double last year’s.

COMAR leans heavily on the United Nations’ refugee agency, which has provided 112 staff and helped open three new offices.

52
50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail