Deadliest land migration route in the world along U.S.-Mexico border
The International Organization for Migration released the latest figures on deaths and disappearances among migrants on Tuesday, September 12, which show that the U.S. - Mexico border has become the deadliest land migration route in the world.
Many making the journey to the U.S. border take riskier routes to evade border patrol agents, but some never make it. See what’s going on.
Extreme heat is contributing to the growing number of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border.
There have already been more than confirmed 500 migrant deaths in 2023 along the border.
The International Organization for Migration documented the deaths and disappearances of 686 migrants on the US-Mexico border in 2022.
Bodies or partial remains are recovered along common migration routes. Border patrol officials have been posting warnings on social media with the increasing deaths. Agents say they have found almost two dozen bodies in recent weeks.
Many making the journey to the U.S. border take risky routes to avoid border patrol agents. The Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts are particularly dangerous.
Some do not have enough water or food to endure the journey and extreme weather. Children are often most vulnerable to the extreme conditions.