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Nov 22, 2019

Belize is NOT a ‘Safe Third Country’

The government asserts tonight that it has no agreement with the United States as a safe third country. The statement from the government was prompted by an international news article stating that the Trump Administration has identified Belize as a “safe third country” for immigrants trying to reach the U.S.  According to the article, the immigrants will remain in a “safe third country” for the duration of the processing of their asylum requests.  The government says that the Ministry with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have no knowledge of any agreement for Belize to serve as a “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the United States or of ongoing or concluded conversations in this regard. The release further states that the government has consulted the International Organization for Migration, Belize Office which also confirms that it has no knowledge of any such arrangement. Earlier this week, it was reported in the international media that two Honduran nationals were to be taken to Peten, Guatemala which has signed up as a safe third country.

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