In September 2021, nearly 15,000 Haitian migrants crossed from Coahuila to Texas in what was the largest flow of Haitian migrants across Mexico-U.S. land border recorded in history. The vast majority of U.S-bound migrants originated from Latin America and the Caribbean and traveled through Mexico. Increasingly, more have been claiming asylum in Mexico.
With over 130,000 asylum claims in Mexico, the country has emerged as a major new asylum destination. Giovanni Lepri, the UN Refugee Agency's representative in Mexico, addressed the policy dilemma Thursday during a talk organized by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies and hosted by Piotr Plewa, a visiting research scholar at the center.