Mexico to create 20,000 jobs to restrain migration

29 Jul 2019

workThe Mexican government has announced plans to help Honduras create 20,000 jobs this year, in an effort to support its coffee farmers, Reuters reports.

This comes at a time when the two countries have been attempting to slow migration to the United States following tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have partnered up to improve matters in Central America, tackling issues caused by poverty and violence.

Trump has long expressed his thoughts on migration, having prioritised strong border control and sent economic threats to Mexico and Central America to ensure more actions are taken to tackle the issue.

According to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, Lopez Obrador had contributed his ideas to help Honduras create 20,000 jobs in the latter six months of 2019.

Although further details were not shared, he added that Mexican schemes to create jobs through youth apprenticeships and tree planting would soon be introduced in Honduras as well.

This year saw more migrants being caught attempting to enter the United States illegally, most of which originate from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Trump said on Friday that he had concluded an agreement with Guatemala to tackle this issue, but the plan was then called into question by the two politicians competing for the presidential title in Guatemala in next month’s election.