Ghost ship trend to continue, warns IOM

Abandoned MVs full of migrants expected to be repeated.

Ghost ship” trend set to continue, warns IOM

The trend for so-called “ghost ships” taking migrants across the Mediterranean for up to $6,000 at a time shows no sign of letting up, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Joel Millman, who is Spokesman for the agency in Geneva, said that IOM staff have now spoken to migrants rescued from two smugglers’ ships bound for the Italian coastline over the New Year.

He said the ending of Italy’s Mare Nostrum sea rescue programme gave cause for concern because there would be fewer boats to pick up those in distress at sea.

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