THE El Salvador imposes travel fees on passengers coming from Africa or India 1,000 dollars, in an apparent bid to curb migration to the United States via the Central American country. For his part, to try to discourage migrants from settling in New York, Mayor Eric Adams developed a new plan (a free plane ticket one way) to transport them wherever they want, according to Politico.
People traveling with a passport from India or one of more than 50 African countries will be forced to pay the fee, El Salvador’s airport authority said in a statement published on its website on October 20. The money raised will be used to improve the principal international airport of the country, added the authorities. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele met this week with Brian Nichols, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, to discuss “efforts to combat irregular migration”, among other topics. THE customs and the border patrol of the United States encountered a record number of 3.2 million of migrants across the country in fiscal year 2023, which ended in September.
Many migrants from Africa and elsewhere arrive in the United States through Central America. Including VAT, the additional cost is $1,130 for travelers from affected countries. The new fees took effect on October 23 and were imposed due to increased use of the country’s main international airport, according to the statement. THE Airlines companies will be required to inform Salvadoran authorities daily of passengers coming from a list of 57 countries in Africa and India. Colombian airline Aviancawhich is one of the largest users of the hub, has started informing travelers that passengers from the list of countries must pay the mandatory fees before boarding flights to El Salvador.
THE mayor of New York adopted a strategy, reverse and nevertheless unusual, to fight against migrants living in his city by offering them a one-way plane ticket. The program launched this week, offering migrants free travel anywhere in the world, one-way to a destination of their choice, at no cost, as long as they do not wish to return. The program, according to the city, is cheaper than providing housing to migrants during the winter months.
The new, more aggressive “re-ticketing” plan comes as the city faces the 130,000 migrants who have arrived since last year and tightens the length of their stay in shelters, forcing new arrivals out. after 30 days. The city is at odds with the White House over the lack of a national remedy for the influx of migrants, pitting Adams against President Joe Biden.