Central Mediterranean population movement: Humanitarian Service Point at sea

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of migrants attempting the deadly Central Mediterranean route. This emergency operation seeks a total of 2.4 million Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to provide humanitarian services on the sea section of this route. The IFRC is working in partnership with SOS Mediterranée with the objective of reducing human suffering and preventing loss of life through a fully able-to-assist rescue ship.

Search and rescue crews on board the Ocean Viking rescue ship approach a boat in distress in the Central Mediterranean in February 2022

Discover more data on this emergency on our emergency operations platform

Watch: Saving lives at sea


This life-saving mission would not be possible without our key partners and donors

Download assets from shaRED - IFRC’s online multimedia library

Download B-roll footage from the IFRC Newsroom