The U.S.-Mexico border is the deadliest land route for migrants worldwide, according to a United Nations International Organization Of Migration (IOM) report released Tuesday.
There were 686 deaths and disappearances of migrants on the US-Mexico border in 2022, according to the report. That year also saw the highest level of illegal immigration across the southern border, when federal authorities recorded roughly 2.2 million encounters, according to the Congressional Research Service. (RELATED: Biden Admin’s Claim Of Success Over Recent Border Policies Drowned Out By Renewed Illegal Immigration Surge)
“These alarming figures are a stark reminder of the need for decisive action by States,” Michele Klein Solomon, IOM Regional Director for Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean, said in a statement Tuesday. “Enhancing data collection is crucial. Ultimately, what is needed is for countries to act on the data to ensure safe, regular migration routes are accessible.”
❗ 686 deaths and disappearances of migrants have been recorded on the US-Mexico border in 2022, making it the deadliest migration land route.— IOM - UN Migration 🇺🇳 (@UNmigration) September 12, 2023
These alarming figures are a reminder of the need for action by States. https://t.co/n4TmZPC5Pk