By Holly Smith
Ahead of the UN Migration Summit today in New York, charity volunteers have laid out a graveyard of life jackets in London’s Parliament Square.
2,500 life jackets lay on the ground, all of which were worn by migrants on their treacherous journey through the Agean Sea from Turkey to Greece. Many are jackets those of children.
According to the BBC, the people behind the installation, which will remain in place until the end of the day, have said that it would “remind leaders of the risks families have taken to reach safety, the need for solidarity with refugees, respect of their rights and more international responsibility sharing”.
New figures show that the world is set to register the highest number of migrant deaths this year as the international Organisation for Migration (IOM) forecast over 10,000 refugee fatalities.
At in the UN summit today Theresa May will tell fellow politicians there should be a better distinction between refugees and people wanting to enter a country for economic reasons.
— Intnl Rescue Comm UK (@IRCuk) September 19, 2016
— Michael Traboulsi (@radiotrabs) September 19, 2016