New platform set to improve information sharing on migrant smuggling by sea

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Italy / Mediterranean Sea / During one Mare Nostrum rescue operation, 220 people – from Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Malaysia and Syria – huddle under blankets on the deck of an Italian Navy ship, waiting to be transferred to the mainland. U

Italy / Mediterranean Sea / During one Mare Nostrum rescue operation, 220 people – from Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Malaysia and Syria – huddle under blankets on the deck of an Italian Navy ship, waiting to be transferred to the mainland. U

A new inter-agency platform for information sharing on migrant smuggling by sea has been launched by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in order to better understand unsafe mixed migration by sea.

It is anticipated that the platform will assist in improved monitoring of incidents associated with unsafe and irregular mixed migration by sea, on a global basis, with a view to better analysis of trends.

The IMO/IOM/UNODC platform will include a joint database on migrant incidents and on suspected smugglers and vessels. A revised reporting format for States, international organisations and relevant non-governmental organisations to submit information to the database was recently agreed at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95).

The joint information sharing platform was initiated following the Inter-agency High-level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration in March, which was held at IMO Headquarters, London with the aim of aim of facilitating dialogue and promoting enhanced cooperation and harmonization between United Nations agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organizations, Governments and the shipping industry. That meeting agreed on the need for timely and accurate information on migrant incidents and on suspected smugglers and vessels.

The joint platform is hosted on IMO’s Global Integrated shipping Information System (GISIS) and will include publicly accessible data and restricted access information for Member States.

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