Cooperation on unsafe mixed migration by sea
IMO's work within the UN system on unsafe mixed migration by sea was part of discussions at an event* at London's Queen Mary University as part of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (6 June).
The safety of life at sea and maritime search and rescue are key remits which fall within IMO's competence.
IMO has jointly with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Chamber of Shipping issued the guide to principles and practices as applied to persons rescued at sea, including migrants and refugees. The guide is available in six languages.
IMO's Jan de Boer provided an update on discussions at IMO on the subject, including at the Legal Committee, Maritime Safety Committee and Facilitation Committee. He also gave an overview of discussions at the 2015 High level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea, hosted by IMO.
* Launch of the book 'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach – edited by Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary University of London) and Efthymios Papastavridis (Democritus University of Thrace, the Academy of Athens and Oxford University).