Hotel Filter protects migrants at the northern border from COVID19

Hotel Filter protects migrants at the northern border from COVID19

The World Organization for Peace (OMPP), through the delegate from the state of Chihuahua and border areas, Alfonso Murguía Chávez, developed the strategic project to protect migrants in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the hotel- filter that is operating in Ciudad Juárez. Place that maintains the capacity to install 108 migrants, national or foreign.

This hotel began operations on May 9 and has the main objective of preventing coronavirus outbreaks in the population that transits to the United States, keeping migrants under observation.

"This initiative arises due to the health emergency that we are experiencing, where one of the most vulnerable populations and at risk of contagion are migrants. The idea is to protect them from the coronavirus," Rosa Mani, general coordinator of the hotel, said this Tuesday in the EFE agency. filter and member of the World Organization for Peace, in the Border Zone.

This project is promoted by civil organizations, authorities of Ciudad Juárez, international organizations such as the UN, to enable said "Hotel Filter" that will quarantine migrants so that they can later access a shelter safely.

Protección COVID

So far, there are 22 hosted and none have presented symptoms of COVID-19. In this regard, Leticia Chavarría, medical coordinator of the hotel, stated that "The objective is to ensure that migrants who want to access one of the shelters in Ciudad Juárez, do so with guarantees of not being infected with COVID-19."

The filter hotel is located in the Flamingo hotel, on Avenida Paseo Triunfo de la República. The hotel-filter has six specialized doctors, some of them also migrants, they know of the double vulnerability that they suffer, according to what is expressed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), "migrants face a double vulnerability these days".

Alex Rigol, head of the agency's office in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua explained that migrants are forced by the system to be in constant mobility, since they have to go out to renew immigration papers, which is a risk for themselves and for the community.

To crystallize this humanitarian project, we had the support of the World Organization for Peace, the International Organization for Migration (of the UNU), with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Secretariat of Welfare of the Federal government, the Beta group of the National Institute of Migration, the Integrating Center for the Migrant "Leona Vicario", Health Jurisdiction II, the State Population Council (COESPO), and various civil society organizations.

Jeremy MacGillivray, IOM Deputy Chief of Mission, said that migration is a complex issue that is on the rise and currently, there are an estimated 272 million migrants globally, so "the challenge is enormous."

The filter hotel highlights the leadership of civil society, both in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, Texas, supported by the three levels of government, in order to mitigate risks and overcome the challenges posed by contingency situations such as this one In the case of Covid, Rigol stressed.

The IOM coordinator in Juárez explained that there are two migratory flows for which the hotel is open. One is made up of "those who have been entering the city, of which we have little data, but we do know that there could be around 30 to 40 (people) a day, between south and north."

And the other migratory flow, which is estimated to be made up of thousands, but there is no official figure, are "people who already live in Ciudad Juárez, and who are losing their jobs or the ability to pay for housing."

In addition to the hotel, since the beginning of April there has been a filter shelter, and both efforts seek to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 among one of the most vulnerable groups, which are the migrants adopted by Juárez.

Finally, “this hotel-filter is a quarantine space that will allow those who wish to access a shelter for migrants, to make them free of Covid-19. It is a safe place that covers the basic humanitarian needs of the migrant population, ”said Rosa Mani, representative of the World Organization for Peace (OMPP) and spokesperson for the organizations involved in the project.