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  • Migrants walk along a highway during their journey towards the United States, in Chauites, Mexico, Jan. 21, 2019.

    Migrants walk along a highway during their journey towards the United States, in Chauites, Mexico, Jan. 21, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 January 2019

More than 5,000 migrants from Central America applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico out of which 59 were approved. 

The National Institute of Migration has registered 5,605 visa requests Monday by the members of a migrant caravan that arrived in Chiapas, Mexico last week.

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The visa requests, that were filed in just four days, had a basis on humanitarian reasons.

Of the total number of applications, 4,332 migrants were from Honduras, 618 from El Salvador, 526 from Guatemala, 123 from Nicaragua, four from Haiti, and one each from Brazil and Cuba.

There are 1,186 minors in the caravan, mainly from Honduras.

If their application is approved, migrants will receive a Visitor Card for Humanitarian Reasons. This will allow them to legally reside in Mexico for a year, have a job, and also participate in various civic activities. It will also allow the migrants to reach the United States border and apply for asylum.

Out of the five thousand applicants, 1,007 have been formalized for entry to Mexico, 59 have been issued humanitarian visas.

“The new #CaravanaMigrante began receiving visitor cards that will allow them to be legally in Mexico and be able to work, for up to one year. They thank President @ LopezObrador_ the free passage through # Mexico,” wrote Ciro Gomez Leyva, a Mexican journalist on Twitter.

On Monday, Honduran ambassador to Mexico, Alden Rivera, and the director of Protection of Honduran Migrants, Liza Medrano went to the Mexican state of Hidalgo where an operation center was established to work with the government of Mexico to ensure the protection of human rights of Honduran migrants traveling through Mexico.

At least 400 Hondurans started another caravan Sunday with the aim of reaching the United States.

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