Relatives retrieve a body in a rural area near Caserio el Chumpe, El Salvador.
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As Juan walked to school one morning a year ago in El Salvador, two men on a motorbike sped by and fatally shot a boy on the street in front of him.Mexico was until recently a transit country for Central American migrants seeking to reach the United States in the search of a better life.In the first nine months of 2016, Mexico received nearly 7,000 asylum requests – more than five times more than in 2013 .Under international pressure, Mexico is receiving more refugees. Mexico's recognition rate for asylum-seekers increased to about 64 percent in 2016, up from around 40 percent in 2013 .But this is still just a fraction of the 400,000 people crossing Mexico's southern border every year with thousands of migrants who could qualify for refugee status slipping through the net.Under U.S. pressure, Mexico has attempted to stem the influx of migrants by beefing up border security through its "Southern Border Plan," which has seen deportations of Central Americans from Mexico soar to nearly 200,000 in 2015 from 107,000 in 2014 .Maria, a migrant from El Salvador at the shelter, hopes she and her children are granted refugee status in Mexico.
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