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“If not for pure necessity” deaths and disappearances on migration journeys in North and Central America

Thematic Area
Migrant protection and assistance
Central America
North America
The Caribbean

More than 5,000 deaths and disappearances during migration across Central and North America and the Caribbean have been recorded since 2014, though many more likely go undocumented. This crisis of migrant deaths is well-publicized in some areas but poorly covered in others. This briefing provides an overview of data collected in/on the Americas by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP), which since 2014 has documented deaths and disappearances during migration worldwide.