UN says 2023 was the deadliest year for migrants in a decade

The UN’s International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday that 2023 was the worst year since records began ten years ago, with at least 8,565 deaths on migration routes globally.

“The 2023 death toll represents a tragic increase of 20 percent compared to 2022, highlighting the urgent need for action to prevent further loss of life,” the IOM said in a statement.

The number from last year exceeded the previous high of 8,084 migration-related deaths in 2016.

Thousands of individuals seek to migrate annually via erratic routes in hazardous conditions, according to the IOM, because safe and regular migration methods are still few.

With at least 3,129 deaths and missing persons reported across the Mediterranean last year, it remains the worst route for migrants.

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