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The Obama Administration marks an historical record of deportations to Guatemala
By Fernando Andres Torres. LatinOpen
Nov. 7, 2013. According to an article by the Center for Informative Reports on Guatemala (CERIGUA), deportations from the US to Guatemala increased by 25% during the last 10 months of this year.
Citing fresh numbers by Guatemala’s Department of Migration, the CERIGUA states that between January and October, the US deported 42,473 Guatemalan men, women and children, in contrast with the 34,000 deported in the same period last year.
The Guatemalans expelled from the United States this year include 38,716 men, 3,476 women and 281 children under 18 years. If the trend continues during November and December, the US could be deporting at least 50,000 Guatemalans, a historical record for the country.
According to a report by the Avina Foundation, a Latin American organization for sustainable social development, 900,000 migrants are deported annually to Mesoamerica; 500,000 Central Americans and 400 thousand Mexicans. These numbers can be low because they only account for those who do their paperwork at customs.
Deportation is enforced when conditions in the destination country are not favorable or migration policies are restrictive. Before the US financial crisis in 2008, repatriation was regarded as a case of voluntary return, but then, based on a judicial or administrative decision by the United States government, it became a forced deportation, said the Avina’s report.
Figures from the International Organization for Migration, indicate that of the world’s 7 billion people, one billion are migrants. An NPR report revealed that the Obama administration deported a record 1.5 million people during its first term.