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Mali says 22 immigrants have died on the Libyan coast

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Bamako — Twenty-two migrants from Mali, including three children, died off the coast of Libya, the Mali government said Tuesday. Reach Europe.

Since June 22, the 22 people who have died have been part of a group of 83 migrants caught in a ship in distress, a foreign ministry of Marian said in a statement. Sixty-one of them were rescued, including some Mali citizens, with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations.

In the first quarter of 2022, the flow of immigrants to North Africa via Niger and Mali "significantly increased" compared to the previous year, according to the IOM. The spokesman said.

The number of migrants who left Niger between January and April was more than 45% higher than the number during the same period in 2021. The number of immigrants leaving Mali almost doubled during the same period.

Analysts cite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic collapse of the war in Ukraine as a driving force.

Spain, its southern neighbors, and European Union officials have confused the hunger crisis exacerbated by the turmoil in Ukraine's grain exports from the Sahel and sub-Saharan regions of Africa. We are increasingly wary of causing migration.

Last week, at least 23 migrants died after a clash with Moroccan security forces when about 2,000 people tried to invade Melilla's enlave in North Africa, Spain. (Report by Fadima Kontao, Additional Report by Edward McAllister, Written by Sofia Christensen, Edited by Edmund Blair, Angus MacSwan, Leslie Adler)