At least 39 dead in fire at refugee shelter

At least 39 dead in fire at refugee shelter

Bin a fire in a migrant shelter in the north of Mexico at least 39 people died. 29 other people were injured in the fire at the facility in the city of Ciudad Juárez on the border with the United States, the Mexican Immigration Service (INM) said on Tuesday.

The cause of fire was unclear for the moment. According to the INM, 68 adult men from Central and South America were staying in the accommodation at the time of the accident.

According to media reports, the migrants were at various border crossings the day before Ciudad Juarez been picked up. They had been taken to the migrants’ shelter to later be deported to their home countries.

Mexico is on the migratory route of people trying to reach the US. They are fleeing poverty, violence and political crises in their home countries.

Between October 2021 and October 2022, the US Border Protection Agency registered more than two million attempts by migrants to enter the United States. In addition to migrants from Central America, more and more people from Venezuela, Haiti and Cuba are making their way.

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