Thousands of migrants gather in southern Mexico on their way to the US border to seek a better life and escape poverty and insecurity

Thursday 02 November 2023

Thousands of migrants are gathering in southern Mexico calling for passage through the country to reach its northern border with the United States.

Many of these migrants are traveling with their families. They gathered in the town of Huixtla in Chiapas state for rest ahead of their journey north. They said poverty and insecurity in their home countries that made them decide to emigrate.

Yoselin Sanchez from Honduras, said: “I am traveling with my three children, my sister and my mother. We are asking for a permit (to transit through Mexico and work) because we cannot live in our country anymore.

"We are receiving threats, the economy is bad, there are no jobs. We are suffering a lot. We are asking for the permit. My three children are tired from walking. We need food and water.”

Honduran migrant Eliseo Portillo said migrating was the only solution he had after having lost everything during the Eta and Iota hurricanes in 2020.

Migrants traveling in a caravan rest under a plastic cover before continuing their journey through Mexico

Many have gathered in the town of Huixtla in Chiapas state for rest ahead of their journey north

“I haven’t been able to recover what I lost to this day," he said. "This (migrating) is what is left for us, the only solution we have is to migrate, to recover the losses we had. We need for the Mexican Migration Institute (INM) to be conscious of this.

"If you see how many people are walking in the caravan, how many arrived to Huixtla, some of them have no money to eat.”

This year has seen record numbers crossing the Darien Gap region connecting Panama and Colombia.

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