Refugee camps in the Mexican capital, Ukraine, have been closed

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MEXICO CITY – Organizers of a camp for Ukrainian refugees traveling to Mexico said Tuesday they would close it soon and discourage Ukrainians in Europe from traveling to Mexico as they try to enter the United States.

About 1,000 Ukrainians went through the camp this month, the month it opened east of Mexico City. Now, only 120 remain, and 98% of them have already lined up in the United States and are hoping to travel there soon, said Vlad Fedorishin, director of United with Ukraine, a non-governmental organization that helped establish the Mexican government. Camp

Anastasia Polo, a United spokeswoman for Ukraine, said Ukrainians in Europe should register for the US government’s program and not waste money and effort traveling to Mexico. Before the camp was set up in Mexico City, Ukrainians were traveling to Tijuana on the US-Mexico border.

“We are telling the people of Europe, the Ukrainians, to go through the program from Europe, not to come to Mexico because it is too expensive for them, it is too much travel,” Polo said. The camp will close by June 1, but Ukrainians in Mexico will continue to receive support.

The United States announced the United States program for Ukraine on April 21. Four days later, Ukrainians were no longer exempt from an epidemic-related rule at the U.S.-Mexico border that was used to expel migrants quickly without opportunity. For the last two years to seek asylum.

Eligible persons must stay in Ukraine from 11 February; There is a sponsor, which can be a family or an organization; Meet vaccinations and other public health requirements; And pass the background check.

More than 6.5 million Ukrainians, most of them women and children, have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded its small neighbor on February 24, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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