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US-Mexico border deaths rise

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By Catherine Hardy  with UN, THE GUARDIAN
US-Mexico border deaths rise

<p>Latest figures suggest more people died crossing the border from Mexico to the US in the first seven months of 2017 compared to the same period the year before.</p> <p>The International Organisation for Migration (<span class="caps">IOM</span>) says 232 migrants have died so far in 2017, compared to 204 in the first seven months of 2016. That is an increase of 17%.</p> <h3><strong>“Dying vs trying”</strong></h3> <p>Experts say the figures are particularly shocking as significantly fewer people seem to be attempting to make the crossing.</p> <p>The US Border Patrol says the figure is down by around half.</p> <p>267, 746 people were apprehended in 2016 compared to 140, 024 in 2017.</p> <h3><strong>Which month saw the highest numbers?</strong></h3> <p>July. 50 bodies were recovered, including 10 people who died while being smuggled across the border in a juggernaut.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">IOM</span> is warning that the figure is likely to be an under-estimation. Migrant fatalities often occur while people are crossing vast, empty stretches of land or water.</p>