Published On: Tue, Feb 21st, 2017

Costa Maya, Central American undocumented people “sanctuary”.

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The Port of Xcalak has become a ‘sanctuary’ for people of Central American origin, such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, who illegally arrive to Costa Maya in search of work and new opportunities.

And while most of these undocumented immigrants seek an honest way to earn a living, there are also some who engage in criminal practices that, according to local people, affect the destination’s image, that seeks to boost the tourism activity in this south end of the state.

The arrival of illegal immigrants to Quintana Roo increases (PHOTO: laverdadnoticias)

In the opinion of the mayor of Xcalak, Jorge Castro, the sea route that forms the island of San Pedro (Belize) and Xcalak, is the one used by Central Americans to illegally enter our country.

Although he said he has no statistics on the number of people who make up that exodus, some of them arriving to Xcalak, but most of them arriving to the Mahahual area, the presence of those who come from Central America is easy to notice.

“Many of these illegal immigrants do look for work, while others pretend to be tourists, although some foreigners who live in the Costa Maya consider that they are responsible for the increase in thefts that occur at homes, shops, fishing gear and boats,” Castro said.

The mayor of Mahahual intends to carry out a census of workers to know the origin and background of the high rates of robbery on the present year.




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