President Enrique Peña Nieto co-chaired the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, together with US President Barack Obama, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“Mexico is proud to co-chair this important Summit for one of the finest causes of humanity. This effort joins the London Conference to support Syria and the region, which united us around one of the most serious humanitarian crises in recent decades”: EPN
- Between 2012 and 2016, the flow of Central American migration to Mexico has increased by 286 percent.
- He said more than 400,000 people cross Mexico’s southern border each year.
- In the past three years, Mexico has received nearly 12,000 applications for refugee status; in the first eight months, five thousand requests were received, four times more than in the whole of 2013.
Mexico is promoting seven specific actions to provide more dignified, humane treatment of migrants and refugees:
One. Strengthen dialogue with the authorities in Central American countries and the United States and Canada to act in a responsible manner.
Two. Promote the socioeconomic inclusion of those recognized as refugees.
Three. Reinforce eligibility procedures based on international standards.
Four. Strengthen the presence of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees in places where the highest number of applications are registered. “We will therefore increase the number of Commission personnel by 80 per cent over the coming months”.
Five. Promote alternatives to prevent the administrative detention of asylum seekers, particularly children. “We are working to ensure that no child under 11 is held at a detention center”.
Six. Information campaigns to the publicize the right to seek refuge with the support of UNHCR and civil society organizations.
Seven. The application of protocols identifying the need for international protection for unaccompanied or separated children and adolescents.
“Mexico urges the international community to show solidarity with refugees and ensure their integration into the host communities: EPN