Following hurricanes, Honduras says there may be mass migration to the US.

Honduras made a call for international help to face the devastating effects of the passage of two hurricanes last month He warned that th...

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  • Honduras made a call for international help to face the devastating effects of the passage of two hurricanes last month
  • He warned that there could be a new wave of immigration to the United States due to the current situation in the country
  • They asked the US authorities to extend TPS, which expires next January

Honduras mass migration. Honduras launched a call for international aid on Thursday and Friday to face the devastating effects of the passage of two hurricanes through Central America and warned that they could provoke a new wave of migration to the United States.

From Washington, the Foreign Minister of Honduras, Lisandro Rosales, told The Associated Press that a massive migration after the devastation of hurricanes Eta and Iota is “a threat that exists” and that for this reason his country needs urgent international cooperation.

“It is something that may be potential,” said the Foreign Minister in reference to the massive migration that could occur.

“We are therefore looking for mechanisms for a sustainable social and economic reconstruction, so that we avoid that migration that many times puts the people who do it at risk,” said Rosales.

The minister is in the United States with the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, asking for financial help from multilateral banks and US agencies. Rosales said he spoke about this possible wave of immigration in a meeting he had with senior officials from the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated parts of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala last month, forcing thousands of them to shelters. Rosales said that in Honduras the effect is being “catastrophic” since the most affected area has been the Sula Valley, where practically 45% of the country’s income is produced, as it is an industrial and agricultural zone. The foreign minister said 99 people died due to the storms in Honduras.

Rosales explained that the COVID-19 pandemic caused a deficit of 7% in the country, and that the hurricanes added another 3.5% of negative impact, representing a total of 10.5% in deficit.

“This has forced us to rethink with multilateral institutions,” he said.

President Hernández and his delegation have met since Thursday in Washington with Alejandro Werner, representative for Latin America of the International Monetary Fund and, virtually, with Felipe Jaramillo, vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank.

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He was also in contact with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro; with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Mauricio Claver-Carone, and with various US congressmen and agencies, as well as representatives of embassies such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Taiwan and Spain, among others.

“We need all measures to be taken for the rapid action of international cooperation, from friendly countries,” said Rosales. “It is a moment where solidarity must be reflected.”

The foreign minister said that the World Bank will expedite an emergency loan of 250 million dollars for Honduras.

Central American migrants began traveling north in large groups in recent years, seeking security in numbers and, in some cases, avoiding paying smugglers. Calls to form migrant caravans often circulate on social media.

The last caravan left Honduras in October but could not even reach Mexico because the Guatemalan army and police blocked its way and made its members return.

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Rosales said the recent hurricanes directly affected more than 120,000 people in Honduras.

“Unfortunately, the hurricanes arrived at a time when world attention was focused elsewhere and this impact has actually left more than half of the Honduran people affected to some extent,” he said.

Rosales also noted that he met with Chad Wolf, acting director of the Department of National security to ask for the extension of TPS, a temporary immigration relief for citizens of certain countries, such as Honduras, that suffered natural disasters.

Some 44,000 Hondurans have lived in the United States with TPS – Temporary Protected Status in English – for decades, but the government of President Donald Trump wanted to end the program and the relief is supposed to expire for Hondurans in January.

Rosales said he asked Wolf to extend TPS for an additional six months and made a new request to include more people in the program. The request implies a new TPS that would last several years although the chancellor did not give details about the plan.

Rosales said the Americans responded that they will take time to analyze the proposal.

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