By The New York Times Associated Press February 13, 2020
The European Union says it is donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society.
The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular has skyrocketed. Just over 70,300 people sought asylum in Mexico last year, and this year is already outpacing last. Nearly 6,000 people applied for asylum in January, a 50% increase over the same time last year.
Several organizations will be involved in carrying out the three-year initiative, which aims to create more job opportunities and protections for asylum seekers.