Deportation of minors from Coahuila grows

The deportation to Coahuila -from the United States- of children and adolescents has increased 27 percent in 2021. In eight months of this year, the number of expulsions registered in all of 2020 has already been exceeded, according to immigration authorities.

According to data from the Federal Government’s Migration Policy Unit, between January and August of this year, 240 migrant minors from Coahuila, whose ages are less than 18 years, have been returned from the United States.

The figure is already higher than that registered in all of 2020, which was 175 cases, which represents an increase of 65 cases in a shorter time, the equivalent of a 27 percent increase in the specific numbers of children and deported adolescents.

Of the 240 minors repatriated to Coahuila, 209 were unaccompanied, that is, 87 percent of the total.

228 returned minors are aged between 12 and 17 years old.

At a lower level, the Immigration Policy Unit also registered 12 people under the age of 11, of which at least four were registered as unaccompanied when they were returned to the country by the United States authorities.

In addition to exceeding the figure for all of 2020, the number of Coahuila migrant minors returned from the United States in 2021 also exceeds that of 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Only that of 2016 was higher, with 276 returns.

At the national level, between January and August of this year, 15,696 children under 18 years of age were repatriated, of which 13,717 are men and 1,979 women, according to the updated statistics of the Migration Policy Unit.

In contrast to the statistics of minors, the panorama of deportation has decreased by 52 percent in the records of people from Coahuila in general.

In that sense, the information from the Migration Policy Unit says that while in 2020 a total of 3,673 people were deported, so far in 2021 1,728 have been returned, although there are still another four months of registration.

This trend has been observed in recent months in the entity. During the first semester of 2021, the deportation of migrants from Coahuila decreased, since in that period 1,232 migrants were returned to the state, while taking into account the same period, in 2020 there were already 1,549 deportations.

More than 95 percent of the expulsions of Coahuila from the United States correspond to men.

Despite these figures, Coahuila is far from other entities in which deportations exceed 11,000 in the first half of each year, such as Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas.

So far in 2021, 148 thousand 584 Mexicans have been repatriated from the United States. Of them, 132,796 are men and 15,788 women.

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