Ten Kurdish migrants died en route to Europe this year: watchdog

Migrants walk along rail tracks as they arrive to a collection point in the village of Roszke in Hungary after crossing the border from Serbia, September 6, 2015. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Ten migrants from the Kurdistan Region have died en route to Europe in the past eight months, a watchdog said on Saturday.

Lutka Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs said as many as 37,250 people from the Kurdistan Region had migrated to Europe in the last eight months.

Twelve migrants had gone missing en route to Europe, the organization said in its statistics on migration.

Thousands of people from the Kurdistan Region have migrated to European countries following an economic crisis that hit the Region in 2014.

In October 2020, the Kurdistan parliament’s committee of relations and Kurdish diaspora said nearly 14,500 youths from the Region had migrated to European countries in the year due to economic crisis, political situation, injustice and corruption.

Twenty-seven had gone missing, it added.

Nearly 450,000 people in the Region and Iraq had migrated to Europe between 2014 and 2020, according to the parliament’s committee.

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