More than 35,000 undocumented Honduran immigrants have been deported from the United States so far this year, both by land and air, as revealed on July 25 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Central American country.
According to the ministry, citing figures from the Honduras Consular and Migration Observatory, in 2015, 75,785 Hondurans were deported from U.S .territory, as reported by the daily Proceso Digital.
Currently, some 65,000 undocumented Honduran immigrants must appear before U.S. immigration courts, and face being deported from the country, the publication detailed.
In recent years, the number of undocumented migrants arriving in countries such as the United States has increased, especially through the Mexican border.
According to studies, such as that conducted by the National Autonomous University of Honduras, among the causes of migration in this region are unemployment, a lack of opportunities, violence, and attempted family reunification.
Motivating the exodus of Hondurans, as well as the violence in the country, are poverty and inequality. As such, Arabesca Sánchez, a specialist in security matters, noted that the Honduran government must implement economic policies, prevent crime, and promote social reintegration, among other measures, to address the issue.
Referring to internally displaced persons in Honduras, who number more than 74,000, criminologists stress the need to reduce violence in a state with an intentional homicide rate of 60 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Among the cities where the largest number of murders occurs – most involving the use of firearms – are San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba.