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WSJ: Shut Out Migrants Taking Jobs, Claiming Asylum in Mexico

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By    |   Sunday, 16 December 2018 12:15 PM

Shut out of crossing the border to the United States, migrants stuck in Mexico are turning to the local job market pitched by the Mexican government in a job fair boasting 7,000 openings, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Applicants can file to asylum in Mexico, obtaining a social security number and signing a job contract in Tijuana, according to the report.

"For the duration of their stay, we want it to be legal and contribute to economic development," the organizer of the job fair, Luis Rodolfo Enríquez, told the Journal.

Between 2,000 and 5,000 Central American migrants might get jobs by the end of the job fair this month.

The job market in Tijuana features manufacturing of consumer goods like televisions and medical equipment that is shipped tariff-free to the U.S. Unemployment there is just 2.8 percent, which is below the 4.1 percent rate among Mexico's main 33 cities, the Journal reported.

"There are opportunities here, and if migrants want to take advantage of them, they are within their reach," according to Ernesto Bravo of Tecma, a U.S. company that helps foreign companies set up operations in Mexico, per the Journal.

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