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Covid-19 puts gush of migrants in deep freeze

Before the new coronavirus crisis erupted worldwide in early 2020, people in the flow of mass migration and asylum-seeking in the busy migration corridor through Central America and Mexico, most headed to look for work near the U.S.-Mexico border, were in precarious situations. 

pg16Now, journalists and migrant advocates around the world report that, with 120 countries ordering closed borders and, in the case of the United States and Mexico, where official actions to expel and repel would-be immigrants recently surged, the movement of migrating people has all but stopped.

“Yes, the number of asylum seekers in Mexico has really decreased,” said Silvia Garduno, Mexico spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. “It is definitely associated with the pandemic.”

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