Migrants use a QR code to organize a caravan to Mexico City

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Migrants from Central American countries and Haiti are turning to technology to organize a caravan heading to the country’s capital where they intend to ask immigration officials to help them establish their status as refugee to avoid being expelled from the country.

A QR code is shared between migrants which links to an online consent form indicating that the person agrees to pay their own travel costs. The announcement is in Spanish and Haitian Creole, according to the organization Pueblos Unidos Migrantes.

Most of the migrants head north from Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, after frustrating while waiting for permission from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country as refugees.

Reports indicate that the migrants intend to apply for refugee status to immigration officials in Mexico City. If that doesn’t work, the migrants reportedly said they would head for the US border.

Migrants must obtain permission from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to show they can stay in the country as refugees to avoid being deported for being undocumented.

On September 21, Reuters reported that the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, or COMAR, expects a “record of more than 100,000 applications this year, compared to a previous peak of 70,000 in 2019. A spokesperson said the delays were due to high demand exceeding capacity.” “

Earlier this year in August, INM immigration personnel and National Guard troops in riot gear clashed with migrants trying to leave the state.

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