Harmful Returns: The Compounded Vulnerabilities of Returned Guatemalans in the Time of COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "In recent years, the United States and Mexico have taken a series of steps that make it easier to return Guatemalans back to their home country. [...] These measures force home many Guatemalans with valid refugee claims who are at risk of persecution upon return. Others have legitimate fears for their security and safety when they get home because returnees are at greater risk of becoming targets of violence and extortion. Once back, Guatemalans often struggle to reintegrate. They face unique challenges in earning a livelihood; and women, indigenous groups, and children face particular barriers to accessing many basic public services. Also, health care is lacking, particularly for psychological or specialized services. Deportations and returns carried out in the midst of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic compound these challenges and contribute to the spread of the virus. Indeed, at the end of April 2020, deportees from the United States made up nearly 20 percent of the 500 coronavirus cases in Guatemala and, as of early June, deportees continue to test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Guatemala despite having clean bill of health documents from the United States."

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