UN report on migration: Flight ends in death for tens of thousands

Status: 11/23/2022 8:25 PM

Since 2014, more than 50,000 people have died on escape routes around the world. UN experts criticize that governments in the countries of origin, transit and destination do too little to prevent this.

More than 50,000 people have died on global migration routes since 2014, according to the UN. Despite the many deaths, the governments of affected countries have done too little to protect children, women and men, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, said in Berlin.

Identity of many victims unknown

The nationality and origin of more than 30,000 victims are unknown. As a rule, it was therefore not possible to inform family members of these people.

According to the IOM, more than 9,000 of the migrants who died and whose nationality could be determined came from African countries, more than 6,500 from Asia and 3,000 from American countries. The three main countries of origin, Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, are characterized by conflict. The violence forces people to flee.

Mediterranean remains the riskiest route

According to the information, the most dangerous routes run across the Mediterranean to Europe, where at least 25,104 people have died since 2014. Africa is the region with the second highest number of deaths due to migration. Since 2014, more than 9,000 deaths during migration have been documented on the continent.

Nearly 7,000 deaths occurred in the Americas, most on routes to the US – with nearly 4,700 killed. More than 4,000 people have been killed on the land border between the US and Mexico alone since 2014.

Migration researchers suspect the number of unreported cases

Based in Geneva, the IOM is part of the United Nations and has a global analysis center in Berlin. In 2014, data collection on deceased migrants started. Migration researchers assume that there are also undeclared cases, because not all cases are registered.

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