Full list of deaths during deportations from Europe

Full list of deaths during deportations from Europe


Written by: IRR European News Team

We publish a full list of all those who have died during deportation from European countries.

There have been fourteen deaths (twelve men and two women) since 1991 during forced deportations. The official cause of death in most cases was positional asphyxia or cardiac arrest. Of the fourteen that died, ten were Africans (of which six were Nigerians).

The full list of deaths:

  • 2010 Jimmy Mubenga (Angolan – UK)
  • 2010 Joseph Ndukadu Chiakwa (Nigerian – Switzerland)
  • 2007 Osamuyi Aikpitanhi (Nigerian – Spain)
  • 2003 Mariame Getu Hagos (Somali – France)
  • 2002 Ricardo Barrientos (Argentinian – France
  • 2001 Samson Chukwu (Nigerian – Switzerland)
  • 2000 Christian Ecole Ebune (Cameroonian – Hungary)
  • 1999 Aamir Mohamed Ageeb Sudanese – Germany)
  • 1999 Marcus Omofuma (Nigerian – Austria)
  • 1999 Khaled Abuzarifeh (Palestinian – Switzerland)
  • 1998 Semira Adamu (Nigerian – Belgium
  • 1994 Kola Bankole (Nigerian – Germany)
  • 1993 Joy Gardner (Jamaican – UK)
  • 1991 Arumugam Kanapathipillai (Tamil, Sri Lanka – France)

Related links

Download the latest European Race Audit Briefing Paper: ‘Accelerated removals: a study of the human cost of EU deportation policies, 2009-2010’ (pdf file, 1.3mb)

Download the IRR’s latest report documenting deaths of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in the UK: ‘Driven to Desperate Measures 2006-2010’ (pdf file, 432kb)

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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