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A United Nations agency concluded Tuesday that the U.S.-Mexico border is the deadliest migrant land route.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) revealed Tuesday that it documented 686 deaths and disappearances of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border last year — representing nearly half of all migrant deaths and disappearances throughout the Americas in 2022. In total, there were 1,457 migrant deaths and disappearances in the Americas last year, making 2022 the deadliest year on record since it began data collection in 2014.

“These alarming figures are a stark reminder of the need for decisive action by States,” said Michele Klein Solomon, IOM Regional Director for Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean. “Enhancing data collection is crucial. Ultimately, what is needed is for countries to act on the data to ensure safe, regular migration routes are accessible.”

The organization noted that while deaths and disappearances along the US-Mexico border dipped down slightly in 2022, the total number is likely underreported due to the lack of official data.

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