Document type: Report
The 2018 Europe Regional Migration Plan is being published on the heels of the November 2017 Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory meetings in Antalya, which reaffirmed that migration will remain one of the most important issues of our time, and set a benchmark for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s long-standing work and humanitarian approach to migration.
This strategy articulates National Societies’ and IFRC core strengths and common purpose in migration, setting out aims and objectives to be achieved over a 5-year time frame, from 2018 to 2022. The strategy recognises regional and national differences and is specific enough to challenge the IFRC to achieve greater impact in support of migrants, whilst being sufficiently broad to accommodate different issues, contexts, and National Society capacity.
2014 was a challenging year for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and for the wider humanitarian community. In Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the year ended as it started with millions of people displaced and affected by conflicts that show no sign of coming to an end. In each of these three crises, the effects have spread well beyond national borders, impacting surrounding countries and placing huge strain on already stretched social services.
If we highlighted one example of the strength of the IFRC network in 2012, it would undoubtedly be the response to the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
It is always worthwhile for leaders in any organization to review and analyse the challenges it faced and the emerging trends it observed during the previous year. For an organization like the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, these reflections are crucial.