2019 May Be Deadliest Year for Migrants in Americas, UN Agency Says

GENEVA – The Worldwide Group for Migration mentioned Friday that 2019 is likely to be the deadliest yr for migrant deaths in the Americas because it started holding data six years in the past.

The U.N. company mentioned 695 individuals have died this yr whereas making the treacherous journey throughout the central Mediterranean Sea, the world’s deadliest migrant hall. It mentioned thatsone-sixth the variety of deaths recorded in 2016, when fatalities reached an all-time excessive of practically 4,200 on the route.

However IOM spokesman Joel Millman mentioned the Mediterranean route determine for 2019 was barely bigger than the 634 migrant deaths recorded in the Americas.

“We have never seen anything like that before, where the principal migration routes that link Latin America to North America are now, this year, virtually as deadly as the central Mediterranean route has been for the last six years,” he mentioned.

Venezuelan exodus

Millman attributed the stunning rise to the mass motion of refugees and migrants from Venezuela. He advised VOA that greater than Four million Venezuelans had fled the nation over the previous two years. He mentioned such a big quantity of individuals on the transfer creates circumstances that can consequence in extra fatalities.

“The place we have seen it worst of all is the Caribbean, where we know 157 deaths at sea, he said. Last year at this time, there were 24. So we are talking about more than six times the volume of sea deaths. And I know thatthe majority ofdeaths in the Caribbean are Venezuelan migrants and refugees trying to get to the Caribbean islands.”

Millman mentioned the nationalities of 227 individuals who died whereas heading towards america have been unknown. He famous that Latin American migrants from international locations akin to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador accounted for the most important variety of fatalities after Venezuela.

Included in this yr’s statistics have been the deaths of six migrants from Cameroon. Millman mentioned three Cameroonians drowned off the Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico, in the previous few weeks and one man died whereas in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Safety brokers in California.


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