The vast majority of migrants detained in Honduras in the first months of 2019 are Cubans

The very high number of Cuban migrants intercepted in Honduras in the first 6 months of 2019 exceeds 80% of the total.

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Authorities of the National Interinstitutional Security Force (FUSINA) of Honduras have indicated that so far in 2019 have been retained a total of 6,170 migrants in transit through that country, and Of them, 5,133 are Cubans.

The high figure represents 83.19% of the total migrants that were intercepted between January 1 and June 11 of this year.

José Coello, spokesperson for FUSINA, told local media that the migrants have been mostly detained in border areas between Honduras and Nicaragua; and also in the department of Ocotepeque, located in the western part of the country.

All the migrants, coming from up to 21 different countries, have been placed under the orders of the National Migration Institute (INM) of Honduras.

In addition to Cuba, Haiti is added, with 499 migrants intercepted; Cameroon 188; Congo 145; and Angola 73.

They are followed by Eritrea and Nicaragua with 24; Pakistan and Mexico, with 15; India 12; Bangladesh and Guinea with 10.

Next are Ghana and Brazil, with five; Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, with three; Two from Nigeria and one from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Sierra Leone.

The geographical location of Honduras favors that Central American nation to serve as a transit for migrants from different continents who wish to arrive in the United States.

Faced with the current migration crisis, the Honduran Government has been forced to enable the so-called Centers for Attention to Irregular Migrants (CAMI) in different parts of the country.

Despite having suffered a decrease in irregular entries into that Central American nation between 2017 and 2018, this year the figure has risen considerably and authorities estimate that it could exceed the 26,239 arrests in 2016.

Despite the dismantling of the Dry Foot/Wet Foot policy by the Barack Obama administration, Cubans continue to undertake trips to the United States.

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