• UN’s migration agency shows 232 people died in first seven months of 2017
  • July saw highest number of deaths of any month this year

More people have died crossing the border from Mexico to the US in the first seven months of 2017 compared to the year before, even though significantly fewer people are attempting the journey, according to the United Nation’s migration agency.

The number of migrant deaths tallied at the border jumped 17% from 204 in the first seven months of 2016 to 232 migrant fatalities in 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

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