Friday, April 12, 2024

One in Three Migrant Deaths Occurs En route While Fleeing Conflict: Internation Office for Migration Report

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In North America, deaths of migrants along the U.S./Mexico border is a regular occurrence.  In Europe, drownings of migrants on the Mediterranean is all-too-common.

A new International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Missing Migrants Project report reveals trends in migrant deaths and disappearances over the last decade.:  

"More than one-third of deceased migrants whose country of origin could be identified come from countries in conflict or with large refugee populations, highlighting the dangers faced by those attempting to flee conflict zones without safe pathways.   

However, the information on the identities of missing migrants is highly incomplete. Among the report’s key findings is the high number of unidentified deaths. . . .  

`Despite the many lives lost whose identities remain unknown, we know that almost 5,500 females have perished on migration routes during the last ten years and the number of identified children is nearly 3,500,' said Ugochi Daniels, IOM Deputy Director General for Operations.  . . .   

The report, A Decade of Documenting Migrant Deaths, looks back at the last ten years, with more than 63,000 deaths and disappearances documented during migration over that period – and more deaths recorded in 2023 than in any prior year. " (bold added).


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