Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters

Central American Migration

Until recently, an estimated 500,000 people fled extreme violence and poverty every year in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, heading north through Mexico to find safety.

In the past two years, our teams have witnessed an expansion of the migratory route to incorporate hundreds of thousands of people who have traversed the dangerous Darién Gap - the tropical forest that acts as a natural border between Colombia and Panama. They then travel through Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and the whole Central American region, with the aim to reach Mexico and the US.

Migrants in the region face multiple constraints in accessing basic goods, humanitarian, medical assistance and protection, as well as administrative barriers that make the journey even more difficult. In addition, many experience various forms of violence along the route.  

MSF provides medical-humanitarian care to those who need it most, regardless of their nationality or legal status, in different countries and locations from Panama to the northern border of Mexico. 

San Vicente migration centre
Central American Migration

Emergency healthcare and protection needed as more people cross to Panama

Press Release 19 May 2022
Migration in the Americas

Neither dangers nor policies deter migrants making their way to the US

The number of people migrating north through Central America continue to grow despite restrictive policies, dangers en route and violence. MSF teams are working across the region to provide care to people.

Desperate journey: Fleeing invisible wars in Central America
Central American Migration

"Leaving the country to seek asylum is often the only option for survival"

Interview 29 Oct 2018
Mexico Migrants Report 2017

Abductions and violence, the price to pay to cross Mexico

Project Update 3 Sep 2018
Migrants and Refugees in Mexico shelters

An unsafe country for thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Central America

Press Release 20 Jun 2018
Assisting victims of violence in Reynosa

“One in four patients we assist has experienced violence”

Project Update 24 Jul 2017
Exodus - Mexico
Central American Migration

Forced to flee Central America's Northern Triangle: A Neglected Humanitarian Crisis

Report 12 May 2017
Mexico Migrants Report 2017
Central American Migration

No way to safety for people fleeing extreme violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle

Press Release 12 May 2017
Family in refugee camp near Polykastro
United States of America

Suspension of US refugee resettlement endangers people fleeing war zones

Statement 29 Jan 2017
International Migrants Day

The dangers of crossing Mexico

Voices from the Field 19 Dec 2016
Exodus - Mexico
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

EXODUS: Three stories, three continents, but a shared motivation – to escape violence

Voices from the Field 2 Dec 2014
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12 November 2018