22 Bangladeshis rescued while trafficking to Mexico
Published: 04:47 PM, 17 June 2021 Updated: 05:03 PM, 17 June 2021
22 Bangladeshi nationals were rescued while they were being smuggled through the Veracruz Highway in Mexico; Photo: Collected
Police in Mexico has rescued 22 Bangladeshi nationals while they were being smuggled through the Veracruz Highway in the country. They were found near Palmar de Bravo, a 45-minute drive from the town of Puebla.
A statement from the state police and personnel of the National Migration Institute (INM) said the 22 had no valid documents and could not be identified.
However, the Mexican administration has confirmed that all of them have been taken to a safe place.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 4,500 Bangladeshis entered Europe in various ways in 2020.
Last week, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued a total of 439 migrants, including 164 Bangladeshis, from the Mediterranean while trying to enter Europe. These migrant-seekers were being trafficked by canoes rubber boats. They were all Asian and African citizens.