According to data from Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda, which is overseen by the Interior Ministry, the number of currently disappeared people in Mexico surpassed 100,000 in the latest update.
Combined with figures from a report by the Jesuits’ Missing Migrant Search Program that suggests a minimum of 349 foreigners disappeared in Mexico in 2021 alone. The picture becomes even grimmer when the realization that most of these numbers are due to drug cartel activity.
Although these numbers are staggering, the migration route from Central America to the U.S. is far from the most dangerous when viewed from a global perspective.
The following chart reflects the minimum estimate of recorded migrant deaths on major migrant routes since 2014 and as of May 15, 2022.