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The refugee demonstration sends a message to the UN

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Orange life jackets, laid out Monday on the lawn of Parliament Square, were worn by adults and children traveling from Turkey to Greece, part of a wave of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach continental Europe.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Rescue Committee, Migrant Voice, World Vision and Medecins Sans Frontieres collaborated on what they called a “life jacket cemetery” to illustrate the risks involved.

According to UNHCR estimates, between January 2015 and August 2016, 6,940 people drowned or went missing while trying to reach Europe.

“We hope this will send a message to world leaders calling for long-term solutions,” said Sange Sricanton, head of policy and practice at the International Rescue Committee.

In New York, the leaders of 193 states gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, which opened with its first summit on the global movement of refugees and migrants.

Auxiliary organizations have often called on Britain to accept more refugees, but Prime Minister Theresa May was preparing to defend her country’s record.

It was expected to reaffirm the right of all countries to control their borders, the government said in a statement, and would call for “reducing uncontrolled population movements” along with measures to help refugees seek asylum in the first safe countries they reach.

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