30 Sep 2015

South East Asia migrant crisis expected to worsen this year

From Nine To Noon, 9:40 am on 30 September 2015

One of the most high profile independent sea rescuers, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, is temporarily leaving the Mediterranean for a life-saving mission in South East Asia. According to UNHCR, more than 1,100 Bangladeshis and Rohingyas drowned between January 2014 and June 2015 and the number of crossings is expected to increase this year. Since 2014, MOAS has saved more than 11,500 men, women and children from the Mediterranean Sea. MOAS says South East Asia is an equally challenging but severely under-reported crisis. Martin Xuereb, is the MOAS director, and Malta's former Chief of Defence.

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