Operation: Opération: Mexico



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
12,500 people of concern will be provided with information on asylum procedures
7,200 individuals will be accommodated in reception/transit centres and the infrastructure of 25 reception centres will be improved
7,000 individuals will be supported with material assistance, including those released from detention
2,000 detainees will be monitored and individually recorded by age and sex
35 advocacy interventions to promote alternatives to detention will be undertaken
15% of unaccompanied or separated minors for whom a best interests process has been initiated or completed
2015 end-year results
929 individuals (449 of whom were children) were granted refugee status. Some 152 (13 of whom were children) received complementary protection services
176 visits to 15 different migration detention facilities were organized by UNHCR to intensify the delivery of information on asylum and reinforce efforts to prevent refoulement
32 shelters providing basic assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers intensified their engagement with UNHCR

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 4,286
2014 4,722
2013 3,196


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  • 2015
  • 2017

Year-end Overview

Working environment

Violence and persecution, caused mostly by criminal groups in the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA), continues to trigger the forced displacement of civilians towards Mexico. The number of asylum applications registered by the Mexican Commission for Refugees (COMAR) in the first four months of 2016 (2,100) indicate a 259 per cent increase over the same period in 2015 (584). The number of unaccompanied children who applied for refugee status from January to April 2016 increased by 132 per cent compared to the same period in 2015. The protection capacity of key authorities (Instituto Nacional de Migracion, Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados, Desarrollo Integral de la Familia ) falls short of what is required. The COMAR’s limited capacity and lack of presence in key border locations and other areas of the country poses a serious problem to the country’s asylum system. UNHCR will seek to support the Government through provision of human resources, training and other support to COMAR, and delivery of technical advice to INM.

Key priorities

•    In 2017, UNHCR’s priority will be to ensure access to asylum procedures and reduce the risk of refoulement. Through mass information campaigns, an intensification of detention monitoring and engagement with faith-based shelters, UNHCR aims to reduce the risk of refoulement against people who are not informed on how to access asylum procedures, or who are identified as in need of international protection.
•    UNHCR will also continue to assess and map emerging humanitarian needs, particularly in relation to shelter. The Office will focus its efforts on long-term shelters used by those seeking asylum.

Limited funds will impact the number of individuals with international protection needs that UNHCR will provide information to on the possibility of obtaining protection in Mexico. At least 10,100 individuals will not receive information on government refugee status determination procedures.