According to the report, more than 700 migrants were killed or missing while trying to reach the US from Mexico in the last year.
The 2,000-mile (3,200km) border between the US and Mexico is the world’s deadliest land migration route, a recent UN study claimed. There were 728 people who died there or went missing last year. This is more than half the number of migrants that have disappeared since 2020.
The report was published by the International Organization for Migration (UN body). It identifies 2021 as being the most deadly year for American migration since 2014. Over 1,200 migrants were killed or missing in the region in 2017, with 728 of them dying along the US-Mexico border, which is 53% higher than 2020.
“The number of deaths on the United States-Mexico border last year is significantly higher than in any year prior, even before Covid-19,”Edwin Viales was the author of this report. “Yet, this number remains an undercount due to the diverse challenges for data collection.”
In 2020 there was a decrease in illegal migrants trying to cross the US border. This is due to a global slump in travel and the Trump administration’s strict security measures. However, Border Patrol officers encountered more than three times as many illegal immigrants in 2021 as in 2020, and more than 1.5 million arrests have been reported this year, on track to outstrip last year’s record total of 1.7 million.
Last month, 46 immigrant deaths in a truck at San Antonio’s border highlighted the crisis. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, blamed the tragedy on President Joe Biden’s “open-border policies”And “refusal to enforce the law.” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also pointed to the US’ “lack of control”As a result, such incidents can be exacerbated at the border.
Upon taking office last January, Biden did away with nearly all of Trump’s border security policies, reinstating the Obama-era doctrine of releasing apprehended migrants into the US, and ending Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, which forced potential migrants to stay on the Mexican side of the border while their immigration claims were processed.
International Organization for Migration reports that approximately half of all those who have disappeared in Americas by 2021 are not yet identified. The largest number of those who were able to be identified was made up by Mexicans, closely followed Guatemalans, and Venezuelans.