The International Observatory on Statelessness


An asylum seeker must file an asylum application within 15 days of entering Mexico. A UNHCR non-governmental implementing partner in Mexico City contended that many asylum seekers would be unable to meet this filing requirement and could therefore be denied refugee protection and become de facto stateless.

In 2008, UNHCR Mexico began advocating for the passage of new laws on refugees and statelessness inside both Mexico and Nicaragua. Efforts have also been made towards the reform of the regulatory decree of the National Law in Mexico.