More than 2,500 lifejackets that were actually worn by migrants who crossed from Turkey into Europe were placed in front of the U.K.’s Parliament today to raise further awareness about the global migrant and refugee crisis. The project was created by various charity and humanitarian groups to correspond with a meeting of world leaders at the U.N. to discuss the ongoing crisis.
This year alone so far, at least 3,212 refugees and migrants have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Deaths are occurring more frequently this year than in 2015, according to the most recent figures reported by the International Organization for Migration.
The installation — which was supported by refugee charities — intends to remind leaders of “the need for solidarity with refugees” and to encourage “international responsibility sharing”.