The bodies of a migrant father and his daughter were found in Matamoros in Tamaulipas state. File / AFP
International Organisation for Migration spokesman Joel Millman said that "turmoil" in Venezuela may account for "much of 2019's fatality surge." More than 4 million people have left Venezuela since 2015.
IOM has confirmed 89 deaths of Venezuelans this year, second only to more than 100 who were of unknown nationalities.
In total, 514 people have died this year in the Americas through Aug.14, up from 384 a year ago. It's the fastest that the 500 mark has been reached since IOM began counting in 2014.
Millman told reporters in Geneva that the death rate on the US-Mexico border hasn't changed much in the last six years of tracking such figures, now still amounting to about one per day.
Overall, just over half of the deaths this year — 259 — were caused by drowning, such as through shipwrecks in the Caribbean or failed river crossings. About 65 were from highway crashes, and around 20 each on railroad routes, from dehydration or exposure, violence including homicide, and sickness or lack of medical care.
Millman said the figures don't include deaths of people in detention: 11, including eight in the US and three in Mexico.
President Donald Trump has made reducing illegal migration one of his signature policy pledges
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The long read about Mexico and the immigration crises at the border sheds a lot of light on several issues and situations which the media fails to report. The focus on the media is “migrant crises” at the US-Mexico border. The author states that hundreds of thousands of Central Americans have passed through Mexico in the last five years,
When the image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, rattled collective human conscience and made global headlines after he drowned on Sept.2, 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea, it was expected that the approach of governments and people towards refugees and migrants would turn more humane.
Parents in the UAE have got online platforms to keep their children creatively engaged during the two-month long summer vacation. Madrasa e-learning platform has teamed up with children’s book publishers in the UAE and the region to develop engaging animated lessons to teach children Arabic. On the other hand, the UAE Ministry of Education and Cambridge University Press have formed a collaboration to boost children’s confidence and happiness while they stay at home.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said governments must work or focus more on bringing down Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) death rates.
An Asian national, 31, threatened his former fiancée and her sister with posting photos and divulge matters of honour on WhatsApp and social media, using fake accounts.
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