efe-epaMitzi Mayauel Fuentes Gomez Tapachula, Mexico

A long wait for the outcome of immigration proceedings at Mexico's southern frontier has forced hundreds of Africans and Haitians to take up residence at migratory stations and in this border city in Chiapas state.

Many have settled in Tapachula's low-income La Esperanza neighborhood, which was previously populated mainly by Mexicans but now has taken on a new look and feel.