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Study: Nearly Half of Central American Migrants Lost Relative to Murder

a migrant caravan makes its way to the southern border of the united states
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By    |   Wednesday, 12 February 2020 04:45 PM

Almost 43% of the migrants fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have lost a relative to murder, according to a new study published by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), reports The Guardian.

The organization, which presented its findings Tuesday, also found 16.2% of those interviewed said a relative forcibly disappeared while 9.2% said a loved one had been kidnapped.

President Donald Trump has hardened the nation's immigration system, causing a spike in illegal border crossings and asylum seekers. The Trump administration this year set the refugee cap lower, reserving just 18,000 spots for people who are fleeing persecution across the world.

"The aggressive migration policies adopted by the U.S. and Mexico mean that more and more people are trapped in a vicious circle," the MSF report stated. "Patients describe an increase in the predatory violence perpetuated by criminal organizations operating along the migrant route."

The report also found 45.8% of migrants said "exposure to violent situations" was a key reason for leaving their home country. Additionally, 39.2% of those interviewed reported being assaulted in Mexico as they traveled through the country.

"The physical obstacles to entering the United States are taken for granted. But what surprises [migrants] . . . is the violence that they experience in Mexico," the report said.

"Coming from a country where violence is endemic, they decide to make the journey because they have no other option."

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The Guardian reported almost 43% of the migrants fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have lost a relative to murder, according to a new study published by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
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