Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei. Photo: AFP

Guatemala ‘too poor’ to take in America’s unwanted migrants, says president-elect

  • An agreement signed last month between the two countries would require migrants to apply for asylum in Guatemala rather than the US
  • But incoming president Alejandro Giammattei says his country is not ‘safe’ and does not have the capacity to cope with a sudden influx
Topic |   Americas

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Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei. Photo: AFP
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Alejandro Giammatei, Guatemala’s new president. Photo: AP

Guatemala elects right-wing president Alejandro Giammattei who pledged to build ‘economic wall’ to stop people leaving

  • Giammattei will inherit a nation plagued by years of political scandal, where a recent surge in emigration has laid bare the monumental challenges ahead
  • Guatemala is the leading country of origin for migrants and asylum seekers apprehended at the southern border of the US
Topic |   US immigration

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Alejandro Giammatei, Guatemala’s new president. Photo: AP
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