Mexico detains nearly 6,000 foreign migrants in four days | world news

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has detained nearly 6,000 foreign migrants in four days, the country’s National Institute for Migration (INM) said on Monday.

The majority of the 5,688 migrants detained from April 21 to 24 were found in shelters, caravans or hidden in bus compartments or truck cabins, the INM said in a statement.

By far the largest group by nationality detained over the weekend were Hondurans, with 1,060 detained, followed by 942 Cubans and 906 Guatemalans.

In total, migrants from 42 countries have been taken into custody, the statement said.

Other groups were found walking in the desert or along highways as they tried to get to the US-Mexico border.

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Mexican immigration authorities detained 115,379 migrants from the start of the year to April 13, the latest available date, indicating a sharp increase in irregular migration.

A record number of migrants have attempted to cross the US-Mexico land border in US President Joe Biden’s first year in office, as the Democrat attempts to tackle the root causes of migration, recently sending envoys in Mexico and Panama.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters last month that high levels of violence in Mexico and Central America would continue to spur migration throughout 2022.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Writing by Kylie Madry; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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