Murder Rates in the Western Hemisphere

Murder Rates in the Western Hemisphere
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Hordes of U.S.-bound illegal aliens are passing through nations of the Western Hemisphere. It's a continental problem.

There are many issues in all of these countries, but mass migration is not solving them. Migrants themselves can be both victims and perpetrators of crimes.

Migration, drug smuggling, arms smuggling, other types of crime – none exist in a vacuum. They are interrelated.

InSight Crime has published their 2022 Homicide Round-Up which breaks down murder rates of countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The report gives us a wider perspective of the atmosphere in which these massive migrations are occurring.

“Countries across Latin America and the Caribbean continued to experience high murder rates in 2022, as cocaine production reached new heights, the fragmentation of gangs continued, and the flow of weapons across the region grew more acute,” InSight Crime explains in the first paragraph.

Here are the fifteen nations with the highest murder rates in our hemisphere:

  1. The Turks and Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory south of the Bahamas, has a small population of just over 45,000. But it had 35 murders in 2022, up from 14 the previous year, giving it a murder rate of 77.6 per 100,000 residents. Governor Nigel Dakin blames Jamaican gangs.
  2. Jamaica. According to the Jamaican Constabulary Force, the Caribbean island-nation had 1,498 murders in 2022, an increase of 24 over 2021, giving it a murder rate of nearly 53 per 100,000.
  3. St. Lucia, an island-nation in the eastern Caribbean, recorded 76 murders, an increase of two over the previous year, but with a population under 180,000, that gives it a murder rate of 42.3 per 100,000.
  4. Venezuela, on the northern coast of South America, had over 10,000 murders, giving it a rate of 40.4 per 100,000. About 13% of these homicides are attributed to Venezuelan police, who have a reputation for extrajudicial killings. This figure also includes disappearances, so if you remove them, the murder rate would be 35.3 per 100,000.
  5. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the eastern Caribbean, has a population of 104,332 and a murder rate of 40.3 per 100,000.
  6. Trinidad and Tobago, also in the eastern Caribbean, had a 22% murder rate increase, bringing it to 39.4 per 100,000.
  7. Honduras. With 35.8 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in Central America.
  8. The Bahamas had 32 homicides per 100,000 in 2022.
  9. Colombia, in northern South America, recorded a slight drop in its murder rate, but it was still 26.1 per 100,000.
  10. Ecuador, on the Pacific coast of South America, is suffering a massive increase in homicides driven by gangs fighting over cocaine. Last year’s rate was 25.9 per 100,000.
  11. Mexico, our southern neighbor, is always an important country to keep an eye on. Mexico is a source of illegal immigration, a thoroughfare for non-Mexicans entering the United States, and even a destination for migrants. For the fifth year in a row, more than 30,000 people were murdered in Mexico. President Lopez Obrador has a policy of “hugs not bullets,” but it doesn’t appear to be working well. In 2022, there were 31,915 killings, down slightly from the previous year but still high at a rate of 25.2 per 100,000. “The border states of Baja California and Chihuahua are long-standing areas of violence in Mexico, as organized crime groups fight continually for control of drug trafficking routes into the United States,” InSight Crime reports.
  12. Belize, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, had a murder rate of 25 per 100,000, a decrease from 2021.
  13. Brazil had a murder rate of 18.8 per 100,000.
  14. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory some want to make a state, had a murder rate of 17.4 per 100,000.
  15. Guatemala came in at 17.3 per 100,000.

As murder rates surge or remain disturbingly high in many nations in the Western Hemisphere, the Biden Border Rush continues.

Check daily to stay up-to-date on the latest immigration news from our continent and beyond.

You can find more of Allan Wall's work at his website.


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