Honduras Irregular Migration

Honduras Approves Entry of Migrants without Fines

Honduras Approves Entry of Migrants without Fines

The Instituto Nacional de Migración HN (@MigracionHND), Honduras’ highest authority in migration matters, implements the Migration and Foreigners Law and the Government’s Migration Policy. @MigracionHN’s  Executive Director is Allan Alvarenga Gradis.

INM approves entry of migrants without the imposition of fines starting in January. The National Institute of Migration announced through a statement that the entry of irregular migrants will not be fined despite the lack of an extension of the amnesty. Entry will be allowed through four border points.

The areas designated as entry control points are the Interior Control Office of the National Institute of Migration (INM) in El Pescadero and the Migrant Assistance Center Francisco Paz (Cami) in Danlí, as well as the office in Trojes, El Paraíso, in the east.

Similarly, the Cami in Choluteca, in the south.

This measure was urgently adopted due to the lack of approval for the extension of the migration amnesty in the National Congress, which expires on December 31, 2023.

The INM states that they will implement this “humanistic” migration policy, recognizing it as a human right and aiming to “prevent irregular migration and the crimes of human trafficking and illicit trafficking of migrants.”

 

 

 

On December 29th, @MigracionsHN published the following migration update, Comunicado 036-23

“The National Institute of Migration, as the governing body responsible for the implementation of Migration Policy in Honduran territory, and in view of the non-approval of the extension of the current migratory amnesty until December 31 of this year, due to the intransigence of the National Party and its allies in the National Congress, in the exercise of its legal powers, this Institute, in accordance with the provisions of the Migration and Foreigner Law in its articles 1, 8, paragraphs 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 21, 24; 39 paragraph 13; 66 paragraph 2; 78, 79, 80, and article 110 of its Regulations, communicates to the international community, human rights institutions, and the general population, the following:

The National Institute of Migration (INM), in compliance with the mandate of President Xiomara Castro to implement a Humanistic Migration Policy that recognizes migration as a human right, and in application of current legislation to regulate the entry, stay, and exit of foreign persons in Honduran territory and to prevent irregular migration and the crimes of trafficking in persons and illicit trafficking of migrants, in accordance with article 8, paragraph 21 of the Migration and Foreigner Law, ESTABLISHES AS AN ENTRY CONTROL POINT for irregular migrants in mixed flows, the Interior Control offices (El Pescadero) and the Irregular Migrant Assistance Center “Francisco Paz” (CAMI), both located in the municipality of Danli, the migration office in Trojes, and CAMI in Choluteca.

In accordance with articles 78 and 79 of the Migration and Foreigner Law and 110 of its Regulations, the INM WILL AUTHORIZE FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS from January 1, 2024, the migratory control and entry of migrants in vulnerable situations through the points mentioned in the previous paragraph.

In accordance with article 39, paragraph 13, the INM will grant a Special Stay Permit for a period of up to 10 days, for humanitarian and national interest reasons, to migrants in irregular mixed migration flows.

As a result of the above, migrants in mixed flows will not incur the administrative offense established by article 101, paragraph 5, of the Migration and Foreigner Law, since they will enter Honduran territory through an authorized port and undergo migratory control, therefore, THEY WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTION established by the current regulatory framework.

The National Institute of Migration calls on the National Congress to prioritize, within its agenda for the new legislative session, the approval of a new legal framework that includes the protection and respect for the human rights of migrants in mixed migration flows, in line with new realities.

National Institute of Migration Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., December 28, 2023.”

 


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