IOM to focus on migration across Mexico's southern border

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Mexico’s southern border state of Chiapas is becoming a major hub for migrants trying to get into the United States, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The migrants endure horrible conditions travelling on top of freight trains or hidden in tractor trailers during the 3,000 kilometre journey to the US border.

They also run the risk of being kidnapped, robbed, raped or killed.

IOM’s spokesman, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, says the agency has recently opened a new office in the area to assist captured migrants with accommodation as well as medical support.

"The estimation is that 300,000 to 400,000 migrants pass through this place hoping to go to the United States, most of them from the United States, but also as far as China and India. And they face lots of challenges, kidnappings, ransoms and things like that."

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