At least 39 people died in a fire at a migrant shelter in northern Mexico. 29 other people were injured in the fire at the facility in the city of Ciudad Juárez on the border with the United States, the Mexican Immigration Service (INM) said on Tuesday.

The cause of fire was unclear for the moment. According to the INM, 68 adult men from Central and South America were staying at the shelter at the time of the accident.

According to media reports, the migrants had been picked up at various border crossings in Ciudad Juárez the day before. They had been taken to the migrants’ shelter to later be deported to their home countries.

Between October 2021 and October 2022, the US Border Protection Agency registered more than two million attempts by migrants to enter the United States. In addition to migrants from Central America, more and more people from Venezuela, Haiti and Cuba are making their way.