UN: Average of nearly 1 migrant child death daily since 2014

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UN: Average of nearly 1 migrant child death daily since 2014
AP
June 28, 2019

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Catarina Gomez Lucas, sister of eight-year-old migrant Felipe Gomez, who died in a medical center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States, on December 24, while in custody of US Customs and Border Protection officers, shows a picture of her brother on a mobile phone. (File/AFP)


  • Some 1,600 children — some as young as 6 months old — are among the 32,000 people who have perished in dangerous travels since 2014
  • The Mediterranean remains the most fatal crossing, with over 17,900 people dying there
GENEVA: The UN migration agency says migrant children have died or gone missing at the rate of at least one per day worldwide over the past five years, with treacherous journeys like those across the Mediterranean or the US-Mexico border continuing to take lives.

In its latest “Fatal Journeys” report, the International Organization for Migration has released findings that some 1,600 children — some as young as 6 months old — are among the 32,000 people who have perished in dangerous travels since 2014.

The Mediterranean remains the most fatal crossing, with over 17,900 people dying there — many on the hazardous trip between Libya and Italy.

The IOM also pointed to rising deaths every year along the US-Mexico border since 2014, totaling more than 1,900 over five years.

 

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