Anuario CIDOB de la inmigración 2019

Migrants seeking asylum in the United States await in Mexican border cities

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Rafael Alarcón Acosta, Profesor investigador, Departamento de Estudios Sociales, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (México)

Following mass arrivals in Mexico’s northern border cities of people from many (especially Central American) countries seeking asylum in the United States, in late 2018 the Mexican government agreed to collaborate with the US on the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico” programme. The Mexican government has pledged to host non-Mexican asylum seekers while they wait for their applications to be evaluated by US courts. Based on interviews with migrants and consulting government, academic and newspaper documentation, this paper analyses the emergence and development of this programme, which began in the city of Tijuana (Baja California) and has since been extended to other Mexican border cities.

Key Words: Mexico, United States of America, asylum, immigration policy, migrant protection protocols, border

How to cite this article: Alarcón, Rafael. «Solicitantes de asilo a Estados Unidos a la espera en ciudades fronterizas mexicanas». Anuario CIDOB de la Inmigración 2019 (noviembre de 2019), p. 98-111. DOI:


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