Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States

03/27/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/27/2024 13:22

One year after the tragic events at the Ciudad Juárez migrant center, Mexico is working to achieve humane migration management

One year after the tragic events at the Ciudad Juárez migrant center, Mexico is working to achieve humane migration management

Foreign Affairs-Interior-INM Joint Press Release

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores | March 27, 2024 | Press Release

One year after the tragic events at the Ciudad Juárez migrant center, Mexico is working to achieve humane migration management
  • The federal government remains committed to ensuring full reparations for damages and to avoiding the repetition of acts that put migrants' lives and dignity at risk.
  • The reactivated CIAIMM has a new comprehensive strategy for human mobility.
  • Working groups are placing migrants' welfare above punitive measures; multi-service centers are in operation.

The Government of Mexico has accompanied and given prompt follow-up to the reparations for the direct and indirect victims of the fire at the Lerdo-Stanton migrant center in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, where 40 men of various nationalities died and 27 were injured. To date, 29 of the 40 families of the deceased migrants have received compensation.

However, due to the magnitude of the event, and to the Mexican government's commitment to avoid its recurrence, work is underway to make significant changes in how migration is handled in the country.

To this end, the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Comprehensive Migration Management (CIAIMM) was reactivated and a new comprehensive strategy for human mobility was developed, based on the following pillars:

1. Social programs and international development cooperation to address the root causes of migration
2. External political factors that contribute to irregular human mobility
3. Safe, orderly and regular pathways for human mobility
4. Inter-institutional coordination for the humanitarian management of irregular migration
5. Attention to and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad
6. One year after the tragedy, Mexico is moving towards a comprehensive model that addresses the needs of migrants.

Multiple facilities in southern Mexico have been readapted to provide foreign migrants with physical and mental health services, and to help them obtain documents to regularize their migration status and to provide international protection, access to social programs and job opportunities.

Under the aegis of the CIAIMM, Multiservice Human Mobility Centers were opened. This represent a paradigm shift from migrant centers that deprive migrants of liberty to spaces that provide the portability of rights and wellbeing. The initiative has facilitated the transfer of the Migrant Centers (CIM) from the Labor Ministry (STPS) to the Ministry of Welfare (Bienestar).

The multiservice centers represent an important change and demonstrate the government's collaboration with civil society organizations and the UN, and the adoption of international best practices.

One year after the fire in Ciudad Juarez, the Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to migrants' human rights, regardless of their immigration status.