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Stowaways, Illegal Migrants, Treatment of Persons Rescued at Sea




An international convention relating to stowaways was adopted in Brussels in 1957, but it has not yet entered into force and is unlikely to do so. In recent years, however, the problem of stowaways has increased and it is generally recognized that there is an urgent need for international agreement on the allocation of responsibilities to enable the successful resolution of cases involving stowaways. In 2000, IMO’s Facilitation Committee agreed at its 28th session, to include formalities for dealing with stowaways in the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), and these were adopted in January 2002.

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