Last year was the deadliest year for migrants, U.N. agency says

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At slightest 8,565 group died connected migration routes crossed nan world past year, making 2023 nan deadliest twelvemonth connected grounds for migrants, nan U.N. migration agency said connected Wednesday.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said nan number of migrant deaths recorded past twelvemonth surpassed nan number of dormant and missing globally successful nan erstwhile grounds twelvemonth of 2016, erstwhile 8,084 group died.

Last year’s decease toll was besides 20% up connected 2022.

“These horrifying figures collected by nan Missing Migrants Project are besides a reminder that we must recommit to greater action that tin guarantee safe migration for all, truthful that 10 years from now, group aren’t having to consequence their lives successful hunt of a amended one,” IOM Deputy Director General Ugochi Daniels said.

Missing Migrants Project, an IOM inaugural that has recorded migrant deaths and disappearances since 2014, has recovered that nan Mediterranean crossing continues to beryllium nan deadliest way for migrants, pinch astatine slightest 3,129 deaths and disappearances recorded past year.