GENEVA – The U. N. migration agency has just released a 3-percent increase from the previous year in the number of migrants who died trying to enter the United States from Mexico, despite signs of a sharp drop-off in intersections, generally in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The International Organization for Migration recorded 412 migrant deaths last year, an increase of 398 in 2016.
However, the IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, pointed to figures from the U.S. Border Patrol show a 44-percent drop in “fear” on the border last year, slightly more than 341,000.
IOM says the increasing chance of arrest tends to drive migrants to seek “more remote routes”, making it more difficult to help them if needed.
The agency counted 191 migrant deaths in Texas alone, amounting to 26 per cent jump in the state.