Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers

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A boat carrying asylum seekers and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini

A record 5,000 migrants lost their lives in 2014 as they attempted to reach other countries according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The majority, died crossing the Mediterranean Sea after paying smugglers to transport them on unseaworthy boats.

On International Migrants Day marked on 18 December, the IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and stop smugglers from exploiting their desperation.

Daniel Dickinson asked the IOM Director General William Lacy Swing what was driving increased migration.

Duration: 4'15"

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