Land migration in Africa twice as deadly as Mediterranean, says UNHCR

epa07868855 Soldiers of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) show migrants who tried to cross illegally into the neighboring Libya, at camp in Gouz Abudloaa, some 100kms from Khartoum, Sudan, 25 September 2019. According to media reports, Sudanese Rapid Support Forces showed in front of media personnel a group of 138 African nationals who were arrested on 18 September in a failed attempt to illegally cross into Libya, and confiscated dozen vehicles used by Libyan and Sudanese traffickers. EPA-EFE/MARWAN ALI

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While the Mediterranean Sea remains a deadly route for migrants attempting to reach the European Union, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned that the African land journey to reach the Mediterranean coast remains far more lethal.

Vincent Cochetel, the UNHCR’s special envoy for the central Mediterranean, said in an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that around twice as many migrants die crossing Africa as crossing the Mediterranean.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has identified transportation accidents, dehydration, violence, starvation and illness as the primary causes of death via land routes in 2018, the paper reported.

Via DW

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