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There was a record number of African asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border this year.


The number of African migrants at the southern border in 2019 has more than doubled compared to 2018. The number has been increasing steadily since 2007, from 460 to 5800 each year. Activists have been concerned that this dimension has not been considered in the asylum debates. Africans from the Congo, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon have all come to the U.S.-Mexican border in large numbers, as well as black asylum seekers from Haiti and other places outside of Africa. These asylum seekers face violence and illness, but also additional challenges, like language barriers and discrimination, while on their journeys.

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