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Weekly Report - 03 October 2019 (WR-19-39)

EL SALVADOR-HONDURAS: Migration deals raise eyebrows

The governments of El Salvador and Honduras both announced migration agreements last week with the US government. As with Guatemala, which struck a similar deal in July [WR-19-37], under the new arrangements people from specific countries could be blocked from applying for asylum at the US-Mexico border and instead be returned to El Salvador and Honduras – countries which, like Guatemala, suffer notorious levels of violence and impunity. Also as with Guatemala, human rights groups such as the US-based Washington Office on Latin America (Wola) have slammed the migration accords – which the media equate to ‘safe third country’ deals – as an effort by the Trump administration to “push the burden of the migration crisis onto the very countries people are seeking to flee”.

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