Mexico has seen a nine-fold increase in the number of migrant children arriving since the beginning of the year, the United Nation’s child rights agency said, warning that many children are being held in overcrowded shelters near the country’s border with the United States. Al Jazeera quotes UNICEF as saying that half of the children, who hail primarily from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, have travelled without their parents while children also made up almost 30 percent of migrants staying in some Mexican shelters. Last week, Save the Children also warned that the number of unaccompanied children along the US-Mexico border is growing, and their journey “is becoming more dangerous as they are arriving in Mexico through unsafe routes to avoid immigration controls”.