RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of people deported from the United States to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras fell 46.8% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
During that period, the IOM report says 23,579 people were returned from these countries, known as the North Triangle of Central America, up from 44,351 cases calculated in the first quarter of 2020.
This represents a decrease of 20,772 evictions.
The document points out that deportations from the United States during the period under review totaled 3,530, 84.6% lower than the 22,985 in 2020, while returns from Mexico fell from 20,921. to 19,904, a decrease of 4.9%.
According to IOM data, the country with the largest reduction in evictions is El Salvador, with a drop of 84.1%, ahead of Guatemala and Honduras, which recorded declines of 51.9% and 27, 5%, respectively.
The processed data was taken from the General Government Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (DGME) of El Salvador, the Guatemalan Institute for Migration (IGM) and the Secretariat of Social Protection (SBS) of Guatemala, and the ‘Consular and Migration Observatory of Honduras (Conmigho). .
The US government’s special envoy for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo ZÃºÃ±iga, visited Guatemala and El Salvador in early April to tackle irregular migration.
Each year, it is estimated that more than 500,000 people from these three countries, including thousands of minors, attempt to migrate illegally to the United States in search of better living conditions.