MOAS works to mitigate the loss of life at sea on the world’s deadliest migrant routes.
The Mediterranean is the deadliest migrant crossing in the world with 75% of migrant deaths occurring here (30,000 deaths by the end of 2015 according to IOM). In recent years the Syrian conflict has increased activity on the Aegean route with over 1,700 people a day attempting the crossing on average. MOAS was founded with the express objective of mitigating loss of life at sea on the world's deadliest migrant routes. MOAS operates in an area of the Aegean coordinated by JRCC Piraeus (internationally appointed coordination centre) who provide logistical support and coordinate all rescues vessels in the region.
In 2016 the MOAS crews have rescued and assisted over 20,000 people fleeing violence, poverty and persecution who were in distress at sea. During the missions in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, the organisation came to the aid of thousands of men, women and children who felt they had no option but to risk the deadly sea journey in search of a better life. MOAS also continued to advocate for the creation of safe and legal routes for people who need them to reach safety, and have contributed our experience and knowledge to a number of high-level conferences and events, where we have served as a demonstration of civil society in action.
The Trafigura Foundation has provided financial aid to MOAS in 2016, and renewed its support for the April-September 2017 campaigns.