Maritime and migration heads pledge action on unsafe mixed migration by sea

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Onboard an Italian ship, a Syrian father holds his one-year-old son as they wait to be checked by doctors. They were rescued in the middle of the Mediterranean. Photo: UNHCR File Photo/A. D’Amato

More is being done to address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe migration across the oceans and seas.

On Monday, the heads of the International Maritime Organization and the International Organization for Migration, a UN-partner agency, issued a joint statement to enhance collaboration.

In recent months, thousands of migrants have taken perilous journeys and many have died in pursuit of a better life.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

It is likely that 2015 will reach a record high for illegal migration at sea, putting lives at risk and placing a huge strain on rescue services.

That's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which further reports that so far this year, some 60,000 people have braved the open sea in the Mediterranean.

More than 1,800 have reportedly perished in the attempt.

Maritime and migration heads, Koji Sekimizu and William Swing, said they recognized the need for concerted global action to address this major challenge to the international community.

They met in London on Monday to discuss what they called "serious human rights' violations" affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea.

Their new 7-point cooperation and collaboration plan includes the establishment of an inter-agency platform for information sharing.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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