Refugees' life jackets displayed by water in New York ahead of UN summit

The United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants is taking place next week

Refugees' life jackets displayed by water in New York ahead of UN summit

Advocates with Oxfam America have placed hundreds of life jackets on the ground along the New York City waterfront to draw attention to the refugee crisis. Image: Mark Lennihan / AP/Press Association Images

Dozens of life jackets have been placed along the New York City waterfront to highlight the migrant and refugee crisis.

The display was organised by Oxfam America, and the bright orange jackets were placed by the water by the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York Daily News reports that many of the life jackets were collected from the beaches of Chios in Greece, having been left behind by adults and children who made the perilous Mediterranean crossing.

The display was organised ahead of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which is taking place in New York on Monday.

The UN says it marks a "watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants".

Oxfam says: "In many countries in which people forced to flee are currently living, they do not receive adequate assistance and protection, they aren’t allowed to work and their children cannot attend school which undermines their opportunity to live a safe life with opportunities for the future.

"To save and protect lives, governments worldwide must act together and responsibly."

The organisation is calling on people to sign their petition, which they are hoping to deliver to world leaders once it reaches 100,000 signatures.