They evacuate the makeshift camp in Ciudad Juárez where Venezuelan migrants had been waiting for more than a month to cross into the US.

  • Writing
  • BBC News World

28 November 2022

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The Mexican authorities evacuated this weekend the improvised camp of Venezuelan migrants on the banks of the Rio Grande, in Ciudad Juárez.

Hundreds of tents were set up in this area near the US-Mexico border and housed migrants who wanted to cross to US soil.

A boy in the Ciudad Juárez camp

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Eviction in the Ciudad Juárez camp

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According to local press, the reason behind the eviction decision was the risk of fire which, for the State Civil Protection of Mexico, existed due to the bonfires that migrants light near the tents to mitigate the cold. But it was not an easy process, as seen in the agency images. Fire is observed in the tents, some people were injured and there were struggles between migrants and police officers. BBC Mundo was able to confirm that not all the people who were in the camp accepted the offer of the authorities to be transferred to a shelter.

Migrant camp in Ciudad Juárez

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Migrant camp in Ciudad Juárez

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Police officer wounded in migrant camp in Ciudad Juárez

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the camp

The camp was installed on the banks of the river more than a month ago after the government of US President Joe Biden announced the closure of the border with Mexico for Venezuelans, with the aim of “addressing the most acute irregular migration and helping to ease the pressure on the cities and states that receive these people.

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