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Human Rights Maps (180): The Death Toll of Illegal Immigration

The days when border guards deliberately shot and killed would-be migrants are over, with a few exceptions. However, illegal migration remains a risky business in many parts of the world. Border fortifications, unsafe means of transportation (such as containers, inappropriate boats or the wheel storage rooms of aircraft), travel by night, unscrupulous “coyotes” combined with a choice of dangerous routes such as deserts (where there’s less border patrolling) result in numerous fatalities among would-be illegal immigrants. Here are some data:

Locations of 1755 deaths at the Arizona-Mexico border

Locations of 1755 deaths at the Arizona-Mexico border

(source, click image to enlarge)
fatalities among illegal immigrants in europe

fatalities among illegal immigrants in Europe

(source, click image to enlarge)

Another version:

16,250 deaths of people trying to migrate to Europe, 1993–2012

16,250 deaths of people trying to migrate to Europe, 1993–2012

And yet another version:

dying at the gates of europe

(source)

Even those illegal immigrants who manage to survive their journey – a large majority fortunately – face risks in the places where they live: internment (see the “camps” in the map above), racist attacks, police brutality etc. Not always fatal, but always bad enough.

See also this depressing anecdote.

More maps on migration are here.

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