High seas robberies pose new threat to migrant sailing season

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Some 275 refugees and migrants waiting to disembark from a tug in the Port of Pozzalo, Italy, after being rescued a few days earlier. Photo: UNHCR/F. Malavolta (file)

More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the North African coastline at the weekend.

The number is not a record, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), but it is an indication that the sailing season has begun in earnest.

Reports have also emerged that armed gangs have targeted migrants on the high seas, robbing them of their mobile phones and boat engines.

Daniel Johnson spoke to the IOM’s Joel Millman.

Duration: 4’34″

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